Here’s the conclusion of my look at Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons. (See Part One here)
Neither Rigid Rules nor Billy Club: The Nature of Biblical Ethics
How do we understand “the rules” of the Bible and how has the Bible’s rules been used to beat people over the head? To emphasize his point, Pregeant tells the story of a woman who suffered years of abuse and was told by he pastor to stay with her husband. Why? Because the Bible demanded it. And yes, this kind of Bible abuse continues today.
The Bible and Our Beliefs: Reflections on Christian Doctrine
Here Pregeant takes a look at traditional theology as well as some other branches of theology (open and process theology are referenced, although not named directly). Pregeant discusses God’s power, knowledge, and the problem of evil.
Life in the Spirit: The Gospel of Grace and Demand
How do we live in the world and not fall into the trap of idolatry? How do we live out the gospel of grace? These are the topics that Pregeant discusses in this final chapter. The answer for Pregeant is love: love of the other.
I think it’s a safe bet to say Pregeant and I are close theologically, so it should come as no surprise that I liked this book. I think this book is a great resource for anyone just starting to question their understanding of the Bible as Pregeant is very careful to provide options, not absolute answers. Pick it up and give it a read. It’s not that thick and is a relatively easy read.
- Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons: Chapters 1-4 (thechurchofjesuschrist.us)