Saturday, June 30, 2018

Inspired by Rachel Held Evans



As someone who has wrestled with questions, I was looking forward to reading a different approach to reading scripture, especially with the tag line of "loving the bible again" However, what I found was in Held Evans approach was division and confusion.

While I highly enjoyed the explanations and breakdowns including literary genre and historical context Held Evans approach felt scattered and individualistic. As the author only hints at an overarching narrative in the epilogue there is no meta-narrative holding her presentation of scripture, each section is completely unique in their presentation and purpose. To me, it felt as thought her scripture, while more palatable, was not as powerful.

By loosing the lens of a redemptive narrative, ever genre became twistable to the readers own understanding with no absolute truth. It felt very post-modern rather than a book that is timeless and alive.

I understand that scripture can be difficult to understand and at times I think  that's even important  to encourage growth and wrestling, but a scripture with no solid declarations of  truth and  individualism running rampant through the genres just feels a tad too human inspired for my taste.

2.5 out of 5 stars.


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