I've been thinking a bit about this, and have come to the conclusion that religion is one of those sensitive topics many writers choose to leave alone. There could be many reasons for this. Maybe the writer happens to be religious, and doesn't want to mess with a story he has a strong relation to, or maybe he is just afraid his work might not be that well received. Personally I am an Atheist, and have never had much of a connection with any of the people found in the religious texts, but I realize that millions of people do. I do however find the stories of different religious texts to be good inspiration for my own work, but what concerns me is trying to write about biblical characters in a joking or mocking kind of way. I don't like to upset people, but I do have some great ideas (at least as far as I am concerned) about writing stories where characters from the bible are involved, and do stupid and/or immoral things (Think of David vs Goliath as David being a dwarf, who just happens to outsmart the bigger guy. Or Moses really being a superhero who got incredible powers after eating a mutated plant). How do you feel about using religious texts in this fashion? Is it wrong? Or is it perfectly legit to write fiction based deeply on religious figures that people have a deep sense of connection with? Or to take it all the way, what if somebody made a story where the virgin Mary is described as a prostitute? Is this something that I as a writer should refrain from doing? This is a complicated topic to me, and I would like some input on it.