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James Sire, author of The Universe Next Door and How to Read Slowly, has isolated twenty separate kinds of reading ...
James Sire, author of The Universe Next Door and How to Read Slowly, has isolated twenty separate kinds of reading errors which are characteristically made by cultists as they interpret the Bible. He covers the full range from simple misquotation to complex argumentation which links one slightly eccentric interpretation to another, mixes in a few orthodox readings and ends with a conclusion totally foreign to the biblical world view. Sire also handles twisted translation, overspecification, virtue by association, ignoring the context and other flawed interpretations. A book to help us all become better readers of the Scriptures.
Posted March 12, 2008
Dr. Sire's book, though first published in 1980, is still of great value. His insights help in recognizing not only what the 'cults' are doing with Scripture, but also helps Christians recognize some of today's wayward preachers and others in their twisting of Scripture. For those who are concerned about one's 'world view' Dr. Sire also helps one to understand/recognize the confusion presented in talking about a 'world view.' This book is recommended especially for pastors and teachers of the Holy Bible. I suspect it would help if every editor of a Christian publication would also read it. There are other books also dealing with the issue of Scripture twisting and abuse, but I consider this one as basic and those who are pastors and teachers should be reading other books/resources as well. This should be one of the manditory books for every seminary student, especially in a class on hermeneutics.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.