A SIX-YEAR-OLD is being read the Old Testament as a fairy story by her proudly atheist father.
Eleanor Cook , who wanted something about princesses and dragons, is now halfway through Leviticus with another 36 books to go.
Her father Julian Cook said: “She asked for a fairy story, but they reinforce negative stereotypes about female lack of agency and I’ve told her she wants to be an architect.
“Then it hit me – the ultimate fairy tale is the Bible, good only for the entertainment of tired, credulous children.
“I read it all in a sardonic voice to underline how ridiculous it all is, and after each chapter we discuss all the scientific implausibilities and have a good laugh at them.”
Eleanor said: “I liked the bit with the animals on the ark and all the plagues that the Egyptians get for being bad to Moses.
“When I’m older I might join a club where we talk about the stories and how great they are, and maybe draw some pictures.
“Daddy says it’s important that I don’t grow up believing in an idealised, omnipotent father figure who can fix everything if you just ask.
“I’ve said I don’t think he has to worry.”