Sunday, April 15, 2012

Rachel Held Evans is writing about the Bible

Rachel Held Evans has a great ongoing series of posts on scripture over at her blog, called "learning to love the Bible for what it is, not for what we want it to be."
I love this title. It reminds me of C. S. Lewis's helpful insistence on an honest appraisal of the scriptures (which I've written about before): there are certain examples and claims in the Bible itself that we simply have to make room for in any 'doctrine of scripture' we concoct. If we want to love the Bible (or talk about the Bible!) well, we need to be open and reflective about what it is and what it is not.

Evans's strategy to this end is to look at books about the Bible. No complaints from a bookworm like myself, and I think her choices are especially good. She has six posts on Christian Smith's recent book, The Bible Made Impossible:

And there are three posts so far on N. T. Wright's book Scripture and the Authority of God:

These aren't short posts, there are a lot of them, and you should really start from the beginning--so you might want to just pick a book and follow her posts on it. Any of them will be worth your time though.
Check it out!

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