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...

Holy shit!

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.

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Comment by Tak G. on August 29, 2009 at 6:56am
Why not get a large print bible? We have one at my work and there's plenty of room for notes if you wrote small. Sometimes I dream about stealing it and filling its slot with a large crappy copy just to see how long it will be until someone notices.
Comment by OutlawGirl on August 28, 2009 at 3:55pm
I'm not really in favor of eletronic books. There's something really enjoyable about bending the spine of a new book as you read it; a symbol of love, if you will, though in the case of the Bible I imagine such treatment might offend people. =P
Comment by Laura Largent on August 28, 2009 at 3:45pm
Why not get a Kindle and download a free King James? The kindle allows for bookmarks, highlights, and unlimited notes.

Also, they have the "Athiest Bible" available (http://www.amazon.com/Atheist-Bible-Holman-Outreach/dp/158640511X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1251492019&sr=8-2) which outlines why Atheists are wrong and what their common misconceptions are. It's a hoot! A good read if you're interested in knowing what you're getting into when telling a Theist that you are an Atheist. Fuel for the fire, if you will.

That princess bible is extremely funny, until you realize that some poor defenseless child is going to get that for Christmas one year from Santa and be brainwashed :o( Makes me sad inside to think of all the children who don't know better yet... someday, maybe not for 100 years, but someday it won't be like that; I can hope?
Comment by OutlawGirl on August 28, 2009 at 1:41pm
Thanks Barb! ^^

It looks like some of these wide margin Bibles have very small text. That's to be expected, of course. Even the Bibles I saw at the book store had very small text despite also having no margins. As soon as I find one I like I'm going to cross out Holy and write ATHEIST on the cover in perminent marker, then start taking notes. ^_^


Comment by Barbara on August 28, 2009 at 12:22pm
I just did a quick search and it looks like what you're looking for is a "wide margin bible". Here's an Amazon link:


(apologies for the size of the link)
Comment by Goddamnation on August 28, 2009 at 3:28am
That will get every atheists giggle.
May be you should publish a new "notable" version of Bible yourself.

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