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January 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

My Two Cents


Two quotes come to mind this morning. One is attributed to Mark Twain, although its origin is unclear. The other is from Baltimore’s own H. L. Mencken.

 

The first:

 

It’s not what we don’t know that gets us into trouble. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.

 

The second:

 

For every complex question, there is an answer that’s clear, simple and wrong.

 

Both of these quotes come to mind as we prepare to launch a new study of the Bible especially designed for people who are either new to its pages or who have been too scared even to read them.

 

For ages, people putting themselves forth as experts on the Bible (I know, mostly preachers) will say what a particular passage clearly (and simply) means. Back in the 19th century preachers did this with the Bible to justify the institution of slavery. A long time before that people did this to identify   women as witches who had fallen out of favor with the “in” crowd. Within the last hundred years (and still) in some traditions, the Bible has been used to tell women that they are not fit to be leaders in the church. And how often is the Bible pulled out to deny members of the LGBTQ+ community full inclusion. It’s right there. It’s in the book.

 

Each time something like this is done, the text from the Bible seems crystal clear on the subject at hand- until it isn’t. A closer reading of the text, with an appreciation for things like the literary style, setting and the intended audience, reveals layers of meaning.

 

And so, with the help of Peter Enns book, “How the Bible Actually Works” we will be spending some weeks looking at a more nuanced approach to  scripture. We will be doing this not only to gain a new appreciation for a much  maligned- but still holy book. But, also to explore what the pages of the Bible have to say to our world today.

 

This hour-long study will be offered two times during the week to accommodate various schedules.

 

We will have a daytime session on Tuesday afternoons and an evening session on Thursdays. Each session will be an hour. The only book you’ll need is the Bible, and we have a few copies of them here at church! AND…outlines for each session will be posted on the Christian Temple website. Stay tuned for specific times but we intend to begin the sessions on the week of February 9th.

 

Join us as we discover a bit more about the holy enigma that is the Holy Bible!

 


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