A few days ago I was at the book store and decided to take a look at the Bibles on sale. I'd been thinking about getting a Bible of my very own for a while. As an atheist, I feel I have a responsibility to know what I'm talking about, because I think being educated - rather than merely being "intellectual" - is a core part of what we stand for. I was hoping to find a Bible with enough space on the margins for me to jot down notes. Sacreligious perhaps, but I just find it handy to take notes in my books because I tend to be disorganized and might lose them otherwise. Even though I was brought up with a belief in god my mother encouraged me to watch a lot of educational material as a child, mostly from the Discovery Channel, we never went to church and, as far as I know, never owned a Bible, so this was my first look at the holy text...
Okay, I understand they're trying to market to kids, but isn't this a bit much? Campy, even. Why not a Power Rangers Bible for boys? I must have stood in the Bibles section for five minutes giggling.
I never did find a Bible to suit my purposes. The pages of all the Bibles I looked at were only a little bit thicker than tracing paper, much thinner than I expected, and stuck together as if by static eletricity. The margins were almost non-existant. Still holding out a faint hope for a Bible I can easily take notes in, though it looks like I'll wind up using post-its instead.