What Do We Do with the Bible?

What Do We Do with the Bible?

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What do we do with the Bible? Does this ancient, sometimes violent and contradictory text have anything to teach us today? Selective use of Scripture—by preachers and politicians alike—has been used to justify violence, racism, misogyny, homophobia . . . the list goes on. Still, we believe the Bible has something important to say. How can we read it in a contemplative and intelligent way?

What do we do with the Bible? Does this ancient, sometimes violent and contradictory text have anything to teach us today? Selective use of Scripture—by preachers and politicians alike—has been used to justify violence, racism, misogyny, homophobia . . . the list goes on. Still, we believe the Bible has something important to say. How can we read it in a contemplative and intelligent way?

Richard Rohr has written a small book to answer just this question: What Do We Do with the Bible? He offers a methodology of hermeneutics (interpretation) that creates a foundation for a hopeful and cosmic vision—incarnation from beginning to end of time. (He explores this vision in his forthcoming book, The Universal Christ). In particular, Father Richard focuses on Jesus’ own method of using his Hebrew Scriptures. Jesus read between the lines to find and follow God’s mercy, inclusion, and compassionate justice. For him, everything came down to relationship and transformation.

Soft cover, 64 pages
CAC Publishing, 2018