Ours is said to be a godless age, yet millions of Jews and Christians still draw profound inspiration from the Bible: a collection of over 60 books which tell the story of the creation of the world, the birth of mankind, the promise of a Jewish homeland and the remarkable life of Jesus Christ, and which culminates in a terrifying vision of the end of the world. The Bible's origins lie thousands of years ago in the Middle East but its teachings still provoke controversy today. In this series, seven figures from different walks of life offer their personal perspective on the best-selling book of all time and what it means to them. The first programme, Creation, is written and presented by leading British novelist Howard Jacobson. He describes himself as a "non-practising Jew who fears all fanaticism bred by faith". At the end of his exploration Howard delivers his conclusions as to why the sublimely simple opening words of the Bible "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth..." still have the power to move, and still "do our hearts good to hear."