Editorial Reviews. Review. "A spectacular twenty-first-century Biblical art masterpiece." -Rev. Brendan Powell Smith is the author of Noah's Ark: The Brick Bible for Kids, The Christmas Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition ( October 19, ); Publication Date: October 19, . out of 5 starsWritten By an Atheist. Many of us are familiar with The Brick Bible, retellings of Bible stories lesbian, atheist artist and author of LEGO-illustrated religion and history books. and harassment I have received from others to date has been minimal. is an American transgender artist and author best known for The Brick Bible including atheist author Michael Martin and ancient Christianity author Paula.
And being in that situation really made me wonder just what it was about religion that kept so many others believing. I found that experience so full of surprises that I have never really gotten over the shock.
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I guess I must have been expecting something very dry and boring, but found instead that it was chock full of lurid stories, high drama, and terribly obscene behavior. I was realized that there must be very, very few people who have ever actually read this book.
But then it was only a matter of time before it occurred to me to try building some scenes from the Bible out of LEGO. My girlfriend, on the other hand, was truly LEGO deprived in her childhood.
She had three older brothers who were always given given LEGO as presents, but she was only ever given Barbie and was terribly jealous.
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So once we moved into our own place and had jobs, she and I started buying up a lot of LEGO on this new website called eBay. How much LEGO do you have, anyway? How long does it take to make a chapter? One story takes about a week to complete, start to finish, including reading and scripting, building characters and sets, photography, photo processing, and website building.
Go on, we know you have one… It may seem cliche, but I have to say my favorite Bible character is Yahweh himself.
Power-mad, belligerent, masochistic, petty, woefully insecure, extremely dangerous and unpredictable and seemingly not too bright Yahweh exhibits all the worst attributes of man. You can probably understand why they want to keep a certain distance from themselves and an art project using their bricks that depicts so much violence and the occasional sex scene. We see you had to put up a page dealing with reproduction permissions. Do you know how many Sunday schools use your stuff?
Does it make you giggle into your pillow at night? Starting a couple of years ago I noticed I was getting more and more permission requests from churches to use material from The Brick Testament in their Sunday School lessons and sermons. Before long I was getting 1 or 2 requests per day from religious organizations around the world, but especially in the UK, Australia, and the United States.4. The Reliability of the New Testament (Authorship & Dating)
I had been responding to these requests personally until the point where I found it was taking up too much of my time, so then I set up a special page of the website to try to automate the permission process which generally allows for free offline, non-commercial use so long as they tell me where their church is and give a brief description of their proposed use. It was fairly surprising at first to have religious people and religious organizations react so positively to The Brick Testament, given that my own reaction to these Bible stories is almost always a strong reinforcing of my atheism, particularly concerning the God of the Bible.
Do you plan to put out any more books?
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That's cool even if you use comic sans. I just went through and read your take on Revelation - wow, that John I'm curious to know if you use the term "atheist" as you denote in the title of this AMA as a non-believer in an anthropomorphic diety within the Judeo-Christian context ie: In other words, what are your own spiritual beliefs?
Atheist always tricky to define exactly, but shall we say someone who "knows" there is no godAgnostic, Pantheist or least likely a worshiper of Glycon? Keep it up, your project is awesome. As crazy as the bible can be, do you think your thorough reading of it and subsequent construction of so many set pieces and characters has influenced your own set of ethics for better or worse and belief system?
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What lessons would you say are worthy take-aways from the bible, and what huge misconceptions would you like to put to rest? Like many skeptics, I tend to be cautious about claiming to know things with certainty. I cannot know for certain that no gods exist, but I would not say that makes me an agnostic toward the existence of gods any more so than I am an agnostic when it comes to the possible existence of the tooth fairy, leprechauns, or floating teapots orbiting Mars.
I don't believe in any of those, nor do I believe in any gods. They might exist, but I don't have any good reasons to believe they do, so I don't.
I tend to refer to myself as an atheist or as non-religious. Hope that answers your question. Thanks for your reply Brendan! I another question which led off from one you answered earlier: Also, how long have you been at this now? Have you counted how many images in total you have made?
The Brick Bible website contains 4, illustrations. You could add to that another I created for the New Testament book which have not yet appeared online, plus another or so images from The Brick Bible for Kids books.
That brings it to about 4,