Letter to Time

Editor of TIME:

The question is not “Is The Bible Fact or Fiction?” (TIME, December 18, 1995) but rather, as fiction, how does it stand up? As a stylist, God is uneven. He fails to speak with a consistent authorial voice. His use of legendary material lacks the verisimilitude of a Homer or a John Ford. He often repeats Himself, betraying His insecurity as a writer. And what a better world this would be if its dominant faiths took their fictions, not from God, but from some author with greater compassion and understanding such as Shakespeare, or Melville, or Dr. Seuss.


Bob Black
Albany, NY