You can see the contrast he’s trying to draw. But it’s interesting to see how that quote holds up in the fullness of time.
The bible is a hodgepodge of religious texts, most of which make some pretty outlandish claims. Has anyone actually read Playboy Magazine lately? Essentially, it’s a literary gazette dressed up as a nudie mag. In the age of the internet, one really does “read it only for the articles.”
It’s good writing paired with some pretty obvious pictures. Most journalism can’t say the same about itself.