My favourite Christian blogger is still Real Live Preacher. His input (general posts on his blog, as well as the odd email) helped me significantly on my journey last year. If you’d like to see some of the posts of his I really like, see RLP on Indoctrination and Some RLP Highlights. I’m not sure how I first came across his site, but it was near the time when he made, or was busy making, a series of video clips on How to Read the Bible. He made these clips because a good friend had asked him: these video clips were created for people who have never read the Bible before, and want some of RLP’s suggestions on how to go about doing so.
I ran a post titled Ancient Religious Texts in March last year, containing these clips. If you want a piece of anti-theism mixed in to your reading of the Bible, you can find enough of that elsewhere: there are a number of atheistic blogs running Bible studies. Personally, I’m gatvol of intolerance for intolerance’s sake. I only want to tolerate intolerance of things that (in my opinion) make the world a worse place.
As I now easily have ten times as many readers as I had back then, here is a “rerun” of the clips, in case anyone is interested in watching them. 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:
- So You Want to Read the Bible
- How To Read The Bible #1
- How To Read The Bible #2 – starts a discussion of translations
- How To Read The Bible #3 – discusses various translations
- How To Read The Bible #4 – talks about the importance of context
- How To Read The Bible #5 – suggests “study tools” to help understand the Bible (and it’s context), discusses “Study Bibles”
- Reading the Bible – Demons – talks about “reading the Bible with an awareness of ancient worldviews”.
- Reading the Bible #6 – continues discussion of “study tools”, next step up from “Study Bibles”, 14 mins
- Reading the Bible #7 – intro to the content, and a suggested reading list, 12 mins
Let me know if you’ve got something interesting to discuss after watching these. I’d love discussions with literalists, but yet again, I bet the atheists are more likely to respond, which will again end up discouraging comments from the literalists reading this blog. *sigh*. It’s surprisingly hard to get a nice discussion going in this place. Don’t let that discourage you though, I’d love to hear some feedback from atheists as well, if you’re interested in spending the time and leaving thoughtful replies. Thanks.