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Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons

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The Bible can be hazardous to one's health if read with faulty expectations. Writing with compassion and wit, Russell Pregeant shows that reading "without interpretation" is impossible. The right question is which assumptions are appropriate. He addresses the most common and most harmful assumptions about the Bible, beginning with the expectation that it will always "speak...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Fortress Press (first published August 15th 2011)
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Glenn Crouch
This is the first book from this Author that I have read. The description of the book sounded excellent and I was particularly attracted to the chapter headings. After reading the introduction, I was convinced this was a book that I would enjoy.

Sadly I was disappointed :( The Author raises many excellent points in regard to the misuse (though I would sometime argue "perceived misuse") of the Bible. In each chapter, I would again start to feel an affinity for the Author's development of his argum...more
Stephen
For me the beauty of this book says a whole lot that I already know and agree with, but Pregeant has such a way with words that what he says is offered in a lovingly pastoral, yet pedagogical way. I especially appreciate one of his opening statements, wherein he argues that no one simply "reads" the Bible; we all are interpreters of Scripture, whether we realize it or not. Pregeant also deals with "hot-button" issues within the church as it has sought to interpret Scripture in such a way as to m...more
Margaret
OK, so I thought this was going to be all churchy and stuff, but it was really interesting. The author, professor of religion emeritus at Curry College, makes some interesting points about using the Bible to bludgeon people in various ways, cautioning them from many Bible abuses (often distorting what is written or exerpting things to our own ends) and encouraging us to consider it "...as reflection on life's meaning and purpose, on ethical responsibility, and on the values by which we live our...more
Robert D. Cornwall
Excellent introductory text for discussion of the way we use the Bible. Pregeant deals with issues such as science and the Bible, eschatology and Last Days theology, and ethics. He warns against looking to the Bible for answers to questions the text isn't meant to answer.

He writes from a Process perspective, but while it undergirds his perspective it's not overt.

So, if you're looking for a readable and usable text on the bible for a general audience this might be a good place to start.
Merianna
If you wan to be challenged to think about why you believe what you believe and how they plays into how you read the Bible, get ready!
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