How (Not) to Read the Bible: Making Sense of the Anti-Women, Anti-Science, Pro-Violence, Pro-Slavery and Other Crazy Sounding Parts of Scripture
When Dan Kimball first sat down to meet with a student who was disillusioned by Christianity, he wasn't ready for what he was about to hear. The student had a positive church experience. He was grateful for his youth leader....
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When Dan Kimball first sat down to meet with a student who was disillusioned by Christianity, he wasn't ready for what he was about to hear. The student had a positive church experience. He was grateful for his youth leader. But he had serious objections to Christianity. Why? He had begun studying the Bible and found he could no longer accept what it taught. Reading the Bible had led him to become an atheist.
In How Not to Read the Bible, pastor and bestselling author Dan Kimball tackles one of the most pressing apologetic challenges of the twenty-first-century church -- how do we read and interpret the Bible?
Kimball introduces several critical principles to utilize when you open a Bible or read a verse. Then, he looks at five of the most common challenges that arise when people read the Bible today, including: the relationship between science and the Bible, the violence we find in the Bible, the treatment of women in the Bible, the odd and strange commands we find in the Bible, and the Bible's controversial claim that there is only one way to know God. Kimball highlights several of the most common passages people find objectionable and shows readers how to correctly interpret them.
This is an ideal book for those exploring Christianity or new to the faith, as well as Christians who are wrestling with questions about these difficult issues and the challenges of interpreting the Bible. Filled with stories and examples, as well as visual illustrations and memes reflecting popular cultural objections, How Not to Read the Bible will motivate readers who are confused or discouraged by questions they have about the Bible and guides them -- step-by-step -- to a clear understanding of what the Bible is saying in context. The book can also be taught as a six-week sermon series or used in small groups for study and discussion.
Is Reading the Bible the Fastest Way to Lose Your Faith?
For centuries, the Bible was called "the Good Book," a moral and religious text that guides us into a relationship with God and shows us the right way to live. Today, however, some people argue the Bible is outdated and harmful, with many Christians unaware of some of the odd and disturbing things the Bible says.
Whether you are a Christian, a doubter, or someone exploring the Bible for the first time, bestselling author Dan Kimball guides you step-by-step in how to make sense of these difficult and disturbing Bible passages. Filled with stories, visual illustrations, and memes reflecting popular cultural objections, How (Not) to Read the Bible is a lifeline for individuals who are confused or discouraged with questions about the Bible. It also works well as a small-group study or sermon series.
"A thoughtful guide for reading the problematic parts of the Bible. If you're struggling to make moral sense of the Bible, or know someone who is, this book is for you!"
-TIM MACKIE, The Bible Project
"A book full of theological wisdom and pastoral care for honest Bible readers who have genuine and difficult questions about the Bible."
-SCOT McKNIGHT, Professor of New Testament, Northern Seminary
"Dan helps make sense of the more bizarre parts of the Bible and demonstrates why we can have confidence that it is trustworthy and God inspired."
-DAVID CROWDER, Grammy-nominated artist, musician, and author
"Dan Kimball shows ways to help understand the difficult parts of Scripture while being faithful to its historical and beautiful truths. Insightful, powerful, and practical, you'll love this book!"
-MARGARET FEINBERG, author of More Power to You
Dan Kimball is the author of several books including The Emerging Church and popular They Like Jesus But Not The Church (Zondervan). He is one of the pastors of Vintage Faith Church, a missional church planted for engaging the post-Christian culture in Santa Cruz, CA. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry from George Fox Evangelical Seminary where he also serves as Adjunct Faculty. Dan speaks extensively around the country on emerging church and culture issues as well as using the arts in worship. He serves on the editorial advisory boards for Youthworker Journal; Outreach Magazine and REV! Magazine. In the pipeline are books Adventures in Churchland: Discovering the Beautiful Mess Jesus Loves and I Like Jesus But Not The Church
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