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Ancient Religious Texts

March 18th, 2007 · Posted by Who Knows? · 5 Comments

No matter what viewpoint you have on the collection of books known as “The Holy Bible”, it definitely had, and still has, an indisputable effect on western culture. It is then not at all surprising that in fictitious futuristic settings in some sci-fi novels, despite religion being banned, the Bible is still studied in schools, for example.

Suppose someone decides he or she wants to read the Bible, but has no idea how or where to start? Real Live Preacher has a set of clips that I really recommend, and covers the subject matter quite well, so I will avoid making too many comments of my own in this post. His main target group is people that have never read the Bible before, and are interested in doing so. I do highly recommend it to people that have read or often read the Bible also, though.

There are nine clips, most are just over six minutes, though the last two are between 11 and 15 minutes. Here is his intro clip, titled “So You Want to Read the Bible”:

And here is a full list of links to the posts on Gordon’s site:

I am, as always, keen for comments from all perspectives. I think I should encourage shorter comments (many shorter comments are better than a few long monologues?), especially since I want to try to get a diversity of opinions. (<holds thumbs>) And I really strongly suggest you watch the clips, at least a couple of them, before leaving comments. (There are a large number of gems amongst the comments on his site, if you are interested – of interest mostly to Christians, I think.)

To people geographically near me, I can also provide CDs with all the clips on them. I will try to bring a CD, maybe two, with me to Stellenbosch on Monday.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gordon Atkinson // Mar 18, 2007 at 6:02 am

    Thanks for the kind words. I have had many people ask about putting these on a DVD. Am exploring that possibility. I feel it would be wrong to make money on them, but perhaps I could find a way to simply pay for the cost of doing so.

    any suggestions? Email me with them. I’m trying to learn.



  • 2 Hugo // Mar 18, 2007 at 10:53 am

    Hi rlp!

    It seems in editing/rewriting this post, I ended up not mentioning “Real Live Preacher” is “Gordon Atkinson”. (I just mention “Gordon” once in the final version.) It’s an honour having you comment on my blog! 😉 I’ve sent you an email.

    In the mean time, anyone in South Africa that might be interested in a copy of a CD (for watching on a computer, sorry, unfortunately I can’t make DVDs), let me know, and I’ll send you one! (Though I’ll first confirm with rlp that he doesn’t mind. I don’t think he does.) If a big demand develops, I will have to ask for some money to cover shipping costs. (Bandwidth is still expensive in our country.)

  • 3 Hugo // Mar 18, 2007 at 11:52 am

    I had a reply via email focusing on my obvious “Christianity bias” here. Yes, indeed, I’m focusing on Christianity and western culture. Other religions do intrigue me though, and one of his ideas, “how to read the Koran?”, is something I find rather intriguing. How many “moderate” Muslims are there, out there? A similar treatment of the Koran would be interesting.

    The bits I’ve seen quoted from the Koran make it seem a lot less palatable to me than the Christian Bible. Is that only because I am more acquainted with the Bible? Or is the Koran really less palatable, e.g. harder to be “moderate” about? (I get a feeling of “literalist only” when it comes to the Koran, which I don’t get with the Bible.)

    A lot of his comment was probably related mostly to my choice of title for the post, the more “neutral” title “Ancient Religious Texts”, instead of “How to Read the Bible”, which I also considered. So for now, consider this post as only concerned with “The Holy Bible”, specifically.

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