The Book Of Creation
Tony Hendra & Sean Kelly
"The Book of Creation" by Tony Hendra and Sean Kelly is a parody of one of the biblical books of Genesis. It is aimed more at creationists and fundamentalists than it is at moderate Christian believers. Perhaps of greatest interest to those of us who can remember them, Hendra and Kelly were once part of National Lampoon, an American humour magazine which ran from 1970 to 1998. It did the rounds during my early online debating years but was subsequently included in Hendra & Kelly's book, "Not The Bible".
Chapter 1In the beginning God created Dates. And the date was Monday, July 4, 4004 BC. And God said, "let there be light"; and there was light. And when there was Light, God saw the Date, that it was Monday, and he got down to work; for verily, he had a Big Job to do. And God made pottery shards and Silurian molluscs and pre-Cambrian limestone strata; and flints and Jurassic Mastodon tusks and Picanthopus erectus skulls and Cretaceous placentals made he; and those cave paintings at Lascaux. And that was that, for the first Work Day. And God saw that he had made many wondrous things, but that he had not wherein to put it all. And God said, "Let the heavens be divided from the earth; and let us bury all of these Things which we have made in the earth; but not too deep." And God buried all the Things which he had made, and that was that. And the morning and the evening and the overtime were Tuesday. And God said, "Let there be water; and let the dry land appear"; and that was that. And God called the dry land Real Estate; and the water called he the Sea. And in the land and beneath it put he crude oil, grades one through six; and natural gas put he thereunder, and prehistoric carboniferous forests yielding anthracite and other ligneous matter; and all these called he Resources; and he made them Abundant. And likewise, all that was in the sea, even unto two hundred miles from the dry land, called he resources; all that was therein, like manganese nodules, for instance. And the morning unto the evening had been a long day; which he called Wednesday. And God said, "Let the earth bring forth abundantly every moving creature I can think of, with or without backbones, with or without wings or feet, or fins or claws, vestigial limbs and all, right now; and let each one be of a separate species. For lo, I can make whatsoever I like, whensoever I like." And the earth brought forth abundantly all creatures, great and small, with and without backbones, with and without wings and feet and fins and claws, vestigial limbs and all, from bugs to brontosauruses. But God blessed them all, saying, "Be fruitful and multiply and Evolve Not." And God looked upon the species he hath made, and saw that the earth was exceedingly crowded, and he said unto them, "Let each species compete for what it needed; for Healthy Competition is My Law." And the species competeth amongst themselves, the cattle and the creeping things; and some madeth it and some didn't; and the dogs ate the dinosaurs and God was pleased. And God took the bones from the dinosaurs, and caused them to appear mighty old; and cast he them about the land and the sea. And he took every tiny creature that had not madeth it, and caused them to become fossils; and cast he them about likewise. And just to put matters beyond the valley of the shadow of a doubt God created carbon dating. And this is the origin of species. And in the Evening of the day which was Thursday, God saw that he had put in another good day's work. And God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, which is tall and well-formed and pale of hue: and let us also make monkeys, which resembleth us not in any wise, but are short and ill-formed and hairy." And God added, "Let man have dominion over the monkeys and the fowl of the air and every species, endangered or otherwise." So, God created Man in His own image; tall and well-formed and pale of hue created He him, and nothing at all like the monkeys. And God said, "Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth. But ye shalt not smoketh it, lest it giveth you ideas. And to every beast of the earth and every fowl of the air I have given also every green herb, and to them it shall be for meat. But they shall be for you. And the Lord God your Host suggesteth that the flesh of cattle goeth well with that of the fin and the claw; thus shall Surf be wedded unto Turf." And God saw everything he had made, and he saw that it was very good; and God said, "It just goes to show Me what the private sector can accomplish. With a lot of fool regulations this could have taken billions of years." And the evening of the fifth day, which had been the roughest day yet, God said, "Thank me, it's Friday." And God made the weekend.
Chapter 2Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all in five days, and all less than six thousand years ago; and if thou believest it not, in a sling shalt thou find thy hindermost quarters. Likewise God took the dust of the ground, and the slime of the Sea and the scum of the earth and formed Man therefrom; and breathed the breath of life right in his face. And he became Free to Choose. And God made a Marketplace eastward of Eden, in which the man was free to play. And this was the Free Play of the Marketplace. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow four trees: the Tree of Life, and the Liberty Tree, and the Pursuit of Happiness Tree, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Sex. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, This is my Law, which is called the Law of Supply and Demand. Investeth thou in the trees of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and thou shalt make for thyself a fortune. For what fruit thou eatest not, that thou mayest sell, and with the seeds thereof expand thy operations. But the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Sex, thou mayest not eat; nor mayest thou invest therein, nor profit thereby nor expand its operations; for that is a mighty waste of seed. And the man was exceeding glad. But he asked the LORD God: Who then shall labor in this Marketplace? For I am no management, being tall and well-formed and pale of hue? And the LORD God said unto himself, Verily, this kid hath the potential which is Executive. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air, and brought them unto Adam to labor for him. And they labored for peanuts. Then Adam was again exceeding glad. But he spake once more unto the LORD God, saying, Lo, I am free to play in the Marketplace of the LORD, and have cheap labor in plenty; but to whom shall I sell my surplus fruit and realize a fortune thereby? And the LORD God said unto himself, Verily, this is an Live One. And he caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he took from him one of his ribs, which was an spare rib. And the spare rib which the LORD God had taken from the man, made he woman. And he brought her unto the man, saying, "This is Woman and she shall purchase your fruit; and ye shall realize a fortune thereby. For Man produceth and Woman consumeth, wherefore she shall be called the consumer." And they were both decently clad, the Man and the Woman, from the neck even unto the ankles, so they were not ashamed.
Chapter 3Now the snake in the grass was more permissive than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, "Why has thou accepted this lowly and submissive role? For art thou not human, even as the man is human?" And the woman said unto the snake in the grass, "The LORD God hath ordained that I am placed under the man, and must do whatsoever he telleth me to do; for is he not the Man?" But the snake in the grass laughed a cunning laugh, and said unto the woman, "Is it not right and just that thou shouldst fulfil thy potential? For art thou not comely in thy flesh, even as the man is comely in his flesh?" And the woman said, "Nay, I know not, for hath not the LORD God clad us decently, from the neck even unto the ankles; and forbidden that we eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Sex?" But the snake in the grass said unto the woman, whispering even into her very ear, saying, "Whatsoever feeleth good, do thou it; and believeth thou me, it feeleth good." And when the woman saw the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Sex, that it was firm and plump and juicy, she plucked thereof, and sank her teeth therein, and gave also to her husband, and he likewise sank his teeth therein. And the eyes of both of them were opened, and they saw that they were not naked. And the woman loosened then Adam's uppermost garment, and he likewise loosened hers; and she loosened his nethermost garment, and the man then loosened her nethermost garment; until they were out of their garments both, and likewise of their minds. And, lo!, they did dance upon the grass of the ground, and they did rock backward, and roll forward continually; And as they did rock and roll, the serpent that was cunning did play upon a stringed instrument of music, and did smite his tail upon the ground in an hypnotic rhythm, and he did sing in a voice that was like unto four voices: She loveth you, yea, yea, yea. And they did both twist and shout, and fall into a frenzy, both the man and the woman, and lay themselves upon the ground, and commit their abominations." And when they were spent from their abominations, they did take the herb bearing seed, and did roll it and smoke it; and lo! it gaveth them ideas, even as the LORD God had said; and they were like to commit new abominations. Now the LORD God was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, with his dog; and as Adam and his wife were beginning these new abominations, the LORD God did stub the toe of his foot upon their hindermost quarters. And the LORD God waxed wroth, and said unto Adam, "Wherefore art thou naked? And what is that thou smokest? And why art thou not at thy work? For have I not said that it is the man's part to produce, and the part of the woman to consume whatever he produceth?" And Adam and his wife did look upon one another, and did giggle. Whereupon the LORD God waxed exceeding wroth, and he said, "Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat?" And the man said, "The woman whom you gavest to be with me made me do it." And the LORD God said unto the woman, "What is this that thou has done?" And the woman said, "The snake in the grass made me do it." And the snake in the grass said, "The devil made me do it." And the LORD God said unto the snake in the grass, "Thou art an permissive beast; wherefore art thou cursed to crawl upon they belly, and be made into belts and boots and handbags hereafter." Unto the woman He said, "Since thou has harkened unto the snake in the grass which is broad-of-mind and permissive; henceforth let it be thy lot to be confused and scattered in thy brains, and to be plagued by demons who shall tempt thee to become that which thou canst not be: such as an warrior, or an extinguisher of fires, or an operator of heavy machinery. And since thou has put aside the decent clothing wherein I clad thee, here after no garment shall satisfy thee, and thou shalt be overcome by longings to change thy raiment every spring and fall. And above all this, since thou hast desired to taste of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Sex, now let thy very body be a curse unto thee. From generation unto generation, men shalt whistle and hoot after thee as thou passest; yea, and women also." And unto Adam he said, "Woe unto thee who hast harkened not to the voice of the LORD thy God, but rather to her who is thy inferior; for thou wast free to choose. Now shalt thou be banished from the Marketplace and the Free Play thereof; neither shalt thou pluck the fruit from the Trees of Life and Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. In the sweat of they face shalt thou earn thy bread, and bankruptcy shall be thy lot; and upon thy back, as a burden unto thee, thou shalt bear Big Government; for thou has sinned." And the LORD God said unto the man, "Behold, thy knowledge of sex shall be as a curse upon thee and they generations; and thy loins shall be a trial to thee. For whensoever thou goest into a public place, then shall thy member rise up; when thou sitteth to eat and drink among they fellows, likewise shall it rise up; yea, even when thou standeth before the people to preach unto them in my name, shall it rise up, and be a scandal unto thee, and make an unseemly lump in thy garments; yet when thou goest into thy wife shall thy member wither, and rise up not." And then the LORD God was silent, and waxed sad, and made as if to leave them there. But he turned and spoke softly unto Adam and his wife Eve, saying, "Knowest thou something? Mine only hope is this: That someday, ye have children who do unto you the way ye have done unto Me."