When I read the Bible for the first time, I was a child and took it very literally, like reading any other book. I'd like to take a second look at it now in historical context, from the perspective of an adult who has become a Progressive Christian. I've participated in lots of discussions of this or that topic relating to the Bible, but what I want to do here is to take it from the beginning and plod through it book by book, taking up issues and controversies along the way. I'll make every effort to be objective, and will bring in a lot of knowledge I've picked up along the way. It will be a long, hard slog, but I expect it to be worth it. Feel free to join me. I'm planning to use as my main text the Bible, of course (the Revised Standard Version), but also Bart Ehrman's The Bible: A Historical and Literary Introduction (Oxford U. Press, 2014). Ehrman is an agnostic, who started out as a conservative evangelical Christian. He graduated from the Moody Bible Institute, and also completed his bachelor's degree at Wheaton College, a conservative Christian college. Then he went to Princeton from the Princeton Theological Seminary where he earned a Ph.D. and M.Div. and became a progressive Christian. But 15 years later he lost his faith over the issue of the existence evil. He is currently professor of religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His presentation of the Bible seems to be relatively objective, but conservative Christians may have a hard time with it and with me. This is obviously an insanely ambitious undertaking, and I may well burn myself out, but I thought I'd give it a try, as an alternative to a completely private journey. I welcome your feedback.
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