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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 Today, however, some people argue the Bible is outdated and harmful, with many Christians unaware of some of the odd and disturbing things the Bible says.
Whether you are a Christian, a doubter, or someone exploring the Bible for the first time, bestselling author Dan Kimball guides you step-by-step in how to make sense of these difficult and disturbing Bible passages. Filled with stories, visual illustrations, and memes reflecting popular cultural objections, How (Not) to Read the Bible is a lifeline for individuals who are confused or discouraged with questions about the Bible. It also works great as a small-group study or sermon series.
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 Re Generation 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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Dilemma of Liking Jesus but not the Church
1. Is the Church supposed to be Judgmental and Negative? 2. Judging the way Jesus told us to Judge
3. Is the Church supposed to be an Organized Religion? 4. Organized Religion as the Hope Of The Masses
5. Is the Church supposed to be Male-dominated and Chauvinistic? 6. Blowing Up the Boys Club for Adults
7. Is the Church Supposed to be Anti-Gay? 8. Love is an Orientation
9. Is the Church Supposed to be the Only Ones Right and All Other Religions Wrong? 10. Love is the Way and the Truth 11. Is the Church Supposed to be Teaching that the Bible is to all be taken Literally? 12. Fundamentalism isn’t Fun or Funny Conclusion: Being a Christian without being “Christian”
Appendix A – The wonderful story of the “gospel” Appendix B- Suggested Resources for further reading