A week or so ago I finished the heretical genius that is Jose Saramago’s The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. Saramago’s unique style of writing and wonderful narration meant that it instantly stood out from many of the other books I have read. It is unsurprising that the book attracted great controversy, with its alternative portrayal of Jesus’ life it was never going to be a church favourite.
As the book progresses the reader begins to see not the loving, kind and caring God that is so often presented and portrayed, but a God who is arrogant, selfish and egotistical. The word of God, the acts of God, and every human invention that we have attributed to him have in fact been incorrect. The message that Saramago tells us is that if God were to exist, and he doesn’t, but if he were, then he would not be the God that we think of today.