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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 Paperback – December 1, 2020
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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 Today, however, some people argue the Bible is outdated and harmful, with many Christians unaware of some of the odd and disturbing things the Bible says.
How (Not) to Read the Bible tackles big questions like:
- Does the Bible degrade women?
- Is the Bible anti-science?
- How could a loving God command such violence in the Old Testament?
- Does the Bible endorse slavery?
Bestselling author Dan Kimball guides you step-by-step in how to tackle many of the real questions that people wrestle with when reading the Bible and how to make sense of many of the more difficult and disturbing Bible passages.
Filled with fun stories, visual illustrations, and memes reflecting popular cultural objections, How (Not) to Read the Bible is a lifeline for anyone—Christians and doubters alike—who are confused or discouraged with questions about the Bible.
Yes, there are puzzling and disturbing Bible passages. . . But there are explanations!
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What people are saying about How (Not) to Read the Bible:
“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 is for you!”
—TIM MACKIE, The Bible Project
“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!”
—MARGARET FEINBERG, author of More Power to You
|How (Not) to Read the Bible book||How (Not) to Read the Bible Video Study|
|Filled with stories, illustrations, and memes reflecting popular cultural objections, How (Not) to Read the Bible is a book for individuals who are confused or discouraged with questions about the Bible.||This Study Guide includes: Individual access to 6 streaming video sessions, discussion and reflection questions with video notes, personal study between sessions, and leader’s guide.|
Is Reading the Bible the Fastest Way to Lose Your Faith?
Difficult questions arise when we read the Bible. Is God pro violence? Does God endorse slavery? Should we all be vegetarians? Are tattoos sinful? Why does the Bible feel so anti-women and anti-science? Questions like these have caused many to walk away from faith - likely you or someone you are close to.
We need to address these issues that come up about the Bible. In a casual and non-threatening way, bestselling author and pastor Dan Kimball explores these objections and more. The good news is that there are reasonable responses to these good and understandable questions.
If church has burned you, bored you, or simply never been of interest, come take a deeper look at Jesus—and find out why the Bible might just be more beautiful than you can imagine. The How (Not) to Read the Bible video series is a lifeline for individuals or groups who are confused or discouraged with questions about the Bible.
Video Bible Study Sessions Include:
- Never Read a Bible Verse
- Stranger Things
- Boys’ Club Christianity
- Jesus Riding a Dinosaur
- My God Can Beat Up Your God
- Rated NC-17
In our culture the Bible has, for many people, become an obstacle in their journey of faith. Biblical stories about sex, slavery, and divine violence are often too bizarre and disturbing for most modern readers. Dan Kimball understands this from personal and pastoral experience, and he's given us a thoughtful guide for reading these 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
There is no one in the world better to write this book than Dan Kimball, and here's why: the Bible presents many problems to many readers, and they can be forceful and fearless in their questioning traditional beliefs in the Bible. They are not looking for pablum or authoritarian decrees, which is what most offer them. They are looking for 'professionals' who see what they see, who feel what they feel, and offer responses that have integrity. It's because the pastoral heart of Dan Kimball has heard people ask these questions and because he has worked through their issues that this book is designed for Dan to write it. 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
We need this book. Dan Kimball has long been a guide for a generation trying to find their footing in a post-Christian world. For those of us who want to believe, yet struggle to make sense of the Bible in our age. Yet again, he steps in to offer kind, intelligent, wise, and, as you'd expect from Dan, funny guidance; this time around, on how (not) to read the Bible. -- John Mark Comer, pastor of vision and teaching at Bridgetown Church and author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry
In a world of quick and instant information accessible online, there are many criticisms being raised about the Bible's credibility. For that reason I'm so grateful that Dan Kimball helps us sort thru the puzzling messages emerging in this generation. In How (Not) To Read the Bible, Dan addresses how to make sense of the confusing parts of the Bible and provides us the confidence needed to embrace God's word. I'm very excited see this message get into the hearts and minds of the younger generation. -- Doug Fields, pastor, author, founder of Downloadyouthministry.com
How (Not) To Read The Bible is a 'right now message.' This book will help a generation see how beautiful Jesus truly is. -- Dr. Derwin L. Gray, Lead Pastor Transformation Church Author of The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches About Finding True Happiness
I can't count the number of times I've rolled my eyes and groaned when confronted with yet another online meme bashing the Bible and thought, 'If only I could recommend a book on how to read those passages of scripture intelligently'. Well, now I can! Dan's book is a superbly accessible resource for skeptics, seekers and Christians who want to understand the Bible better, especially the embarrassing bits we often skip over in church and our daily devotionals. The good news is that you'll not only be able to respond to those eye-rolling memes, but you'll end up appreciating again the strange, wild and ultimately beautiful picture the Bible gives us of the God who is made known in Jesus Christ. -- Justin Brierley, UK radio host, author of Unbelievable?
Dan Kimball gracefully shows that those who mock and dismiss the Bible don't know too much, they know too little. Along the way he helps us to read the Bible-- especially the parts that seem crazy to modern ears-- as it was meant to be read. This is an extremely valuable book for this culture. Mom's and Dad's, get a copy for yourself and your teenager and study it together. The issues Dan addresses here are the ones that needlessly tear kids away from the faith. I can't recommend this book more! -- Frank Turek, CrossExamined.org, author of I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist
In our internet-driven culture, some of the more strange and uncomfortable Bible verses have been creatively crafted into social media ammunition against the Bible itself. These passages, to contemporary readers, can range from a light-hearted weirdness to the seemingly shocking and offensive and disillusioning to Christians reading them. Dan Kimball's book 'How Not to Read the Bible' helps us to make sense of the more frequently tossed around passages by uncovering the culture and context of these strange findings. He further invites us into some best practices when reading the Scriptures that seem to have gotten lost in all our digital noise. And he does all of this with a unique mix of depth, whimsy, and humility that is truly a rare find! -- Mary Jo Sharp, author of Why I Still Believe and Assistant Professor at Houston Baptist University
Dan Kimball's How (Not) To Read The Bible is a brilliant book that delivers evidence for the skeptic and provides confidence for the saint. Kimball has given us a go-to scholarly reference that offers thoughtful explanations to the most controversial and troubling topics in all of Scripture. How (Not) To Read The Bible is a rare book that requires having two copies -- one for you and another to give away. -- Dave Ferguson, Lead Pastor - Community Christian Church, Author - B.L.E.S.S. 5 Everyday Ways to Love Your Neighbor and Change the World
About the Author
Dan Kimball is the author of several books on leadership, church, and culture. He is on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California. He also is on faculty with Western Seminary and leads the ReGeneration Project which is encouraging theology and mission to be part of younger generations lives and churches. He enjoys comic art, Ford Mustangs, and punk and rockabilly music. His passion is to see the church and Christians follow and represent Jesus in the world with love, intelligence, and creativity.
- Publisher : Zondervan (December 1, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0310254183
- ISBN-13 : 978-0310254188
- Item Weight : 15.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.77 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There are truths of Christianity that are hard for unbelievers to accept. I get that. But the solution is NOT to sugar coat or change God's word (2Cor.4:2). I feel like Kimball did this throughout his book, especially in the latter half. As an example, on page 250, Kimball addresses those who never hear of Christ. What is their fate? Kimball concludes: "only God knows", then used the Israelites as a parallel to people who never heard the name Jesus. First, you can't use Israel because they had Moses and the Prophets (read Luke 16:27-31). They had specific revelation of the true God. Second, read Roman's 10:14-17. I feel like Kimball's pushes you to draw a false conclusion because the reality might make some feel uncomfortable.
How about Kimball's interpretation of Genesis 1:26? On page 207, Kimball concludes the "Us" is God's "heavenly council", even though in the very next verse it says that "God created man in HIS OWN image" (emphasis mine).
Read your Bible, gang. The gospel needs to be delivered accurately. Not buried under sugar so that the world isn't offended.
Sincerely, a Jesus loving Christian Baptist.