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Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals

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A thoughtful, warm, and witty introduction Understanding the Bible is designed to help empower skeptics, seekers, nonbelievers, and those of a liberal and progressive outlook to reclaim the Bible from literalists. In making accessible some of the best contemporary historical, literary, political, and feminist readings of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, it encourages a ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 15th 2004 by Beacon Press (first published August 1988)
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David Stephens
In Understanding the Bible, former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association John A. Buehrens makes the case that the bible must be read as literature with a thorough understanding of the cultural context. That is, it must be read metaphorically, not literally. It is only this way that the bigotry and close-mindedness of fundamentalists and literalists can be overcome and people can use the bible as a tool to fight oppression.

The book begins with a history of the bible: when its variou
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Jerry Landry
A very enlightening and approachable introduction to the Bible. Written by the former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, this book invites examination and exploration of the Bible for those with a liberal lean while at the same time not being dismissive or judgmental. Buehrens, while admitting some points of contention with modern liberal philosophies, also points out many points of agreement and parables from which modern liberals can draw strength and wisdom. As with the over ...more
Paul
Eh.... Whenever anyone claims, as the author does, that human beings can thwart an omnipotent God's plan I tend to take a giant step back. I was hoping for something a little more theologically rigorous.
Gina
Mar 15, 2008 Gina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in the story behind the Bible stories
Great book! I'd like to re-read it simultaneously reading the Bible, but I loaned my copy & never got it back. I'll have to get another one.
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