A Nobel laureate said the Bible is a “handbook of bad morals” and the world would be a better place without the Christian holy book.
Jose Saramago, who won the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature, denounced the Bible at the press conference for his new book, Cain, on Sunday in Portugal. His latest book is the retelling of the Genesis story of Cain and Abel.
During the event, he was quoted as saying, “The Bible is a manual of bad morals (which) has a powerful influence on our culture and even our way of life. Without the Bible, we would be different and probably better people,” according to the news agency Lusa.
The 86-year-old author explained by describing the Bible as “a catalog of cruelty and of what’s worst in human nature,” according to The Associated Press. He went on to say “a cruel, jealous, and unbearable God exists only in our heads.”
His irreverence was not only directed at God, but at religious institutions.