The Bibe can be hazardous to one’s health if it is read with faulty expectations. (Back cover)
These fault expectations, according to Pregeant, lead to being used as a means to abuse others who do not hold to similar beliefs. It all begins with interpretation.
How many times have we heard, “We don’t interpret the Bible, we read it.” or “The Bible interprets the Bible.” or something along those lines? I hear statements like this all the time. The more I think about these statements, the more I want to say, “That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard!” As Pregeant states, “To understand any sort of communication, we have to interpret it, which means using our imagination to construe it in some particular way.” (3)
More than a Fortune Cookie: The Testimonies of Two Communities
The Bible is more than a book that provides “remedies to all personal problems.” (10) According to Pregeant, this is a common misunderstanding to Biblical interpretation and misses the overarching story of redemption. While not a form of Bible abuse, Pregeant includes it because of its inadequacy.
Neither Fact Book nor Catechism: Rethinking Biblical Authority
This chapter deals with the doctrine of inerrancy and how this doctrine is not biblical. Pregeant writes, “he irony of the doctrine of inerrancy is that, despite all the emphasis it places of biblical authority, it is actually an imposition upon the Bible from a point of view that is not itself biblically grounded in any significant sense.” (29)
Here’s a chapter dealing with creation. Here, Pregeant notes that science and theology answer different questions. and those who hold to creationism actually distort the scientific method by beginning with a hypothesis and then looks for the evidence to fit their theory.
Neither Crystal Ball nor Horror Show: Understanding Biblical Prophecy
This chapter is all about the Rapture and the role of biblical prophecy (hint: it’s not about the distant future). Prophecy in the Bible was about the near future and/or dealing with issues of judgment and injustice.
In my next post, I’ll take a look at chapters 5-7 and the Epilogue of this book.
- Reading the Bible for All the Wrong Reasons — Review (pastorbobcornwall.blogspot.com)