The BBC’s new face of religion is a self-proclaimed atheist who claims that God had a wife and Eve has been treated unfairly by sexist academics.
Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou makes a number of staggering statements in forthcoming BBC2 series The Bible’s Buried Secrets.
The presenter, who has a doctorate in theology from the University of Oxford, argues that Eve was not the first woman in the Bible, as the story of the Garden of Eden does not belong in the first Book of the Old Testament.
She said: ‘Eve has been unfairly maligned as the troublesome wife who brought about the fall.
‘Don’t forget that the biblical writers were male and it’s a very male-dominated world. Women were second-class citizens.’
In an interview with the Radio Times, Dr Stavrakopoulou said she did not think the Bible could be used as a reliable historical source and said that as an academic “you leave your faith at the door”.
She said: “I’m aware that there are some who find it hard to understand why an atheist could possibly be interested in the Bible, and I think that does a massive disservice to a fantastic collection of ancient texts.’’
Comments from Andrew Graystone, director of the Church and Media Network: christiantoday.com/article/atheist.to.present.bbcs.new.bible.series/27634.htm
She claims the Bible can not be trusted as an historical source. No credible historian would say that because of the overwhelming archeological evidence that we have. But she is not a historian, she is a theologian, and she has her own bias. I have a problem with the fact that she is a not a historian and yet she is presenting a program on ‘‘how recent archaeological discoveries are changing the way stories from The Bible are interpreted:’’ bbc.co.uk/tv/comingup/the-bibles-buried-secrets/
Can you imagine the BBC getting an atheist to present a program on Islam? Never. If you going to present a program on Biblical archeology etc. you should get a credible historian or archeologist to present it.