I maintain that the bible could be a record of actual events, recorded by the scholars of the time using the language and tools available to them. I’ve suggested that if ancient scribes had access to mobile phones, we’d have far more convincing evidence. I don’t know yet what of.
“Dear Stephen Hawking…”
As one who also believes that “God” could have been an extraterrestrial visitor with advanced technology which we might not even recognise now, I see references to magic mirrors and fire-breathing dragons in the bible, and wonder if they might have been tablet computers and spacecraft.
This came in to The Unfinished Literary Agency earlier (a fictional place of my creation, which exists to tell the stories of others who can’t), as a text file with an attachment I couldn’t open at first. Some books, chapters and verses of the bible are very short (‘Jesus wept’), perhaps because the author didn’t have much time to write…
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO TUAN
 Then there came a dragon, orange like the sun.  The Sun God was angry  and the beast he sent was angry.  The dragon had the neck of a giraffe, wearing a giant knight’s armour  the body of a rhinoceros  and the head of a hammerhead shark.  The sun dragon snapped trees in half and fed on them.  The tree people feared for their homes.  Food for the sun dragon was home to the tree people.
 Tuan was brave.  And the bold one faced the dragon.  There were apes with the dragon.  They were pale, thin apes.  They covered themselves with elaborate loins.  There was writing on them.  It was in code and glyphs.  Tuan could understand them when they spake.  Some of the pale apes said they came to help.  One pale ape was sitting in the body of the sun dragon.  Tuan spoke.
 Tuan said, the dragon eats trees.  Tuan said, my family live in the trees.  Tuan said, the sun dragon took my family.  The pale apes didn’t understand.
 Tuan fought the dragon.  The dragon and the pale apes tricked him.  Tuan jumped to join his family  away from the jaws of the beast  into the disappearing green inferno below.
 The tree people wrote stories  on the trees.  Stories of their gods  eaten by another god.
If only there’d been someone there to record it.
I can’t begin to imagine the fear, but I’m humbled by his bravery. This is one of our closest relatives, made homeless by us. And this was filmed five years ago. Since then, forests the size of countries have been cleared, just to feed the selfish human gene.
Greed is murder, and while there are humans doing this, we all have blood on our hands as a species. Perhaps this is what happened to ancient humans once, way back in ancient history, when something they didn’t understand happened. It could happen again, and I have to say, if there are any superior species reading, humans deserve it.
For now, say no to palm oil. One inconvenience in the human food chain could lead to a greater awareness of what all that oil is for: cheap, processed human food, or food for livestock, reared exclusively for human consumption. The more I reduce my meat intake, the greater my awareness that each mouthful of flesh might as well be from an animal on the brink of extinction. It’s only one step removed.
It’s one of the many reasons I wrote Cyrus Song, a mainly vegetarian novel.
“…Who knows, if you are looking for the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, you might just find it here, or in the ‘Cyrus Song’ of our planet. In the meantime, taking Steve Laker’s and Stephen Hawking’s advice, we all need ‘to keep talking’, and as long as there are books like these, keep reading.”
The full review is here.
Tuan is a name borrowed from a Bornean orang-utan at Chester Zoo, who operate orang-utan and other conservation projects in south east Asia.