The Bible: Dr Gary Day

"What is the point of the Bible? A disparate and self-contradictory collection of writings that come from another time and another place and which have no relevance to our digital, genetically engineered world. We know that its claims about the origin of the world and ourselves are completely bogus and, on top of all that, this is a book that has been used to justify war, oppression, misery and poverty. This course will look at how the Bible came about, how it fits together and how we need it more than ever, but not in the way you might think. "

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort. He gave the centenary lecture on F.R. Leavis at Cambridge and for many years was on the committee of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. He is the author of five books, including one on Leavis, and his latest, The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued’. He has edited various collections of essays on topics ranging from Victorian literature and culture to D H Lawrence. Gary was also for many years a columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. His essay John Bunyan: Class and Englishness will be published in the The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan next year."