Brian Cox reviews “one of the worst books ever,” the Bible

Brian Cox has some scathing words for religion and the "stupid" people who buy into it

Brian Cox reviews “one of the worst books ever,” the Bible
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Oh, good, a new contrarian take from Brian Cox just came in! From the old guy who brought you “I could’ve done Napoleon better” and “woke culture is truly awful,” we now have some comprehensive thoughts on the Bible and religion as a whole. Buckle in, guys!

“I think religion does hold us back because it’s belief systems which are outside ourselves. They’re not dealing with who we are, we’re dealing [with], ‘Oh if God says this and God does that’, and you go, ‘Well what is God?’ We’ve created that idea of God, and we’ve created it as a control issue, and it’s also a patriarchal issue,” the Succession star declares during an interview with The Starting Line podcast. “That’s how it started and it’s essentially patriarchal. We haven’t given enough scope to the matriarchy and I think we need to move matriarchically.”

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That’s right: Brian Cox’s opinion on religion is feminist, sorta kinda? He goes on to say that mothering is “the real conditioning of our lives,” and fathers are “too bloody selfish,” and men are “moveable sperm banks that walk around and come and go.” But the reason we are resistant to honoring mothers is “Adam and Eve,” Cox proclaims. “The propaganda goes right the way back—The Bible is one of the worst books ever, for me, from my point of view, because it starts with the idea that Adam’s rib—that out of Adam’s rib, this woman was created. And they’ll believe it. ’Cause they’re stupid.”

Did you think we were going to get an edgelord atheist take from Brian Cox, who once quoted the Bible in defense of J.K. Rowling? (In fairness, he’d prefaced his quote with “I’m not religious.”) Cox acknowledges now that people “need” religion, “but they don’t need to be told lies. They need some kind of truth, and that is not the truth. It is not the truth. It’s a mythology.” Add this one to the annals of great curmudgeonly rants from the all-time master of curmudgeonly ranting.

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