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Bible Study


I'm too introverted to do this as part of a group, or even to allow comments ;-) When I was a kid I read the Bible all the way through, but that was a long time ago, when I was more willing to take everything at face value, when I truly believed in God and identified as a Catholic.

But I want to read the Bible all the way through again, and comment on it here. Perhaps sometimes my comments will be as ruthlessly satirical as my rewrite of the Gospel according to Matthew, which I posted here during 2010, as my only posts here during all of 2010.

I worry that reading the Bible will frustrate me, because it will only show me how incorrect and hypocritical the right-wing evangelicals can be. Don't they actually read the Bible, I'll say. I'm sure some of them do, but it is too easy to take a few words out of context to support unthinking prejudice or smug patriarchy.

As for which Bible to read, I've decided I have to go with the official American Catholic version, the New American Bible, Revised Edition 2011. Because I was raised Catholic, because American Catholics represent the moderate mainstream in American politics, and because for Catholics the study of the Bible is both an intellectual and a spiritual exercise. Catholics do not hold that every word of the Bible is the literal Word of God. They study the Bible in historical context, as any rational person should, whether they also subscribe to a profession of faith, or not.


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