The Book

I was watching the apocalyptic thriller, The Book of Eli, the other day with Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, and of course Denzel was great, but I really liked the performance and the idea behind the bad guy, Gary Oldman. He was trying to move up in power by finding a certain, rare book and if he could find it, he believed that the words inside the book could help him rule all of the survivors.

As it turns out the book was the Bible. In the story, the Bible was blamed for the destruction of most of the world by nuclear weapons, so all Bibles were ordered “Destroyed.” But then years later, two men – Denzel and Gary – still knew that the book had great power, so one was trying to use a last copy for Good and one was trying to use it to the rule what was left of the world. At first, before I put my noggin’ to work, I thought that this was a really neat, and unique idea, but then I remembered recent history and realized that people use the Bible for despicable ends all of the time. The Nazi’s twisted the Bible to make it seem like Jews should be eradicated. The KKK used the Bible to justify their hate and thought of the Bible as a “family history of the white race,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. And then others, more recently, were famous for using the Bible as a means to a political career. One of them even cleared out peaceful protesters so that he could get his picture taken with it! So, I guess the Book of Eli wasn’t as original as I thought. I just hope the movie is not right about other aspects of our future. I don’t want to have to eat a cat!

Thanks for reading my 80th blog.

Mark Inglis

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