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Krista Tippett: A point-of-view regarding the Bible

In Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters — And How to Talk About It, NPR’s Krista Tippett writes, “The Bible, as I read it now, is not a catalogue of absolutes, as its champions sometimes imply. Nor is it a document of fantasy, as its critics charge. It is an ancient record of an ongoing encounter with God in the darkness as well as the light of human experience. Like all sacred texts, it employs multiple forms of language to convey truth: poetry, narrative, legend, parable, echoing imagery, wordplay, prophecy, metaphor, didactics, wisdom saying. In the Christianity of the modern West, we’ve largely left the vivid storytelling of the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, in Sunday school. We’ve consigned it to the world of childhood figuratively and literally. And in our time a superficial Christian rendering of these biblical texts underpins false dichotomies that plague our public life–chasms we’ve set up between sacred text and truth, between idealized views of the way human beings should behave and the complex reality of the way they do. But when I came back to read the biblical text after many years away, I began to love the Hebrew Bible fiercely for the fact that it tells life likeit is. It has no fairy-tale heroes, only flawed, flamboyant human beings as prone to confusion as to righteousness.”

To put it all in a nutshell…

So to put it all in a nutshell, I can’t put it in a nutshell.

-Colin Foote Burch