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Don't take the Bible "literally" Jun 21, 2006
Rev. Floyd Hale, a Methodist minister, is up to date on his Bible scholarship, and cautions us yet again, that you can't take the Bible literally; he explains in great detail, and with some humor, what the Book really means, how and why it was written. Fans of Borg and Spong will like this book. Makes a sharp distinction between what Jesus taught - and did - and the "Paulinism" that has come down to us under the guise of "Christianity"...Jesus was a Jew, and he didn't start a new religion (Paul did) and his death doesn't 'save' you from sin. "Fundamentalists" who don't understand this are only fooling themselves. Hale goes so far as to intimate that the Bible is not the "Word of God" (something I've always known) but there is some truth in it if - and only if - you know how to read it...the Jews were constantly 'rewriting' their history, to show themselves in a better light, and the editing that went on before these scripts were declared "scripture" is amazing, but widely unknown to the layman...you see, what is taught in seminary is not what's being taught in churches, and most people choose to believe the crazy myths and legends as if they were actually true, which they definitely are not. --for more thoughts along this line, see "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time" by Marcus Borg, or anything by John Shelby Spong. Why only 4 stars? It is written in newspaper column style (which is what it originally was) and can't present a lot of information in the short 1-page articles. - (PS, I found it cheaper someplace else.)