What’s This??? A Reporter Does a Story on the Bible and Actually Gets it Right and Interviews People who Know it???

It’s a miracle.  And it’s about time that reporters actually research biblical topics instead of just consulting Wikipedia or whatever idiotic source they stream to.

So thank you, Mr. Blake, for restoring my faith, momentarily, in the Fourth Estate.

“It is a great Protestant tradition for anyone – milkmaid, cobbler, or innkeeper – to be able to pick up the Bible and read for herself. No need for a highly trained scholar or cleric to walk a lay person through the text,” says Craig Hazen, director of the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University in Southern California.  But often the milkmaid, the cobbler – and the NFL coach – start creating biblical passages without the guidance of biblical experts, he says.  “You can see this manifest today in living room Bible studies across North America where lovely Christian people, with no training whatsoever, drink decaf, eat brownies and ask each other, ‘What does this text mean to you?’’’ Hazen says.  “Not only do they get the interpretation wrong, but very often end up quoting verses that really aren’t there.”

Ah.  Someone with sense is out there.  It’s a miracle!

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4 thoughts on “What’s This??? A Reporter Does a Story on the Bible and Actually Gets it Right and Interviews People who Know it???

  1. J. R. Daniel Kirk 5 Jun 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I seriously thought, from the title, that this was going to be a misplaced April Fool’s joke: “Yeah! And you can see the article right here next to my picture of the Loch Ness Monster!”

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    • Jim 5 Jun 2011 at 5:09 pm

      i too read the story with complete skepticism, expecting it to win the dilly the dilettante award. but i got tricked. and it’s about time.

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  2. […] On a related note, John Blake has an article on phantom Bible verses, which people have invented, misremembered, or misattributed to the Bible, and how surprisingly difficult it is to persuade people they have got it wrong. […]

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  3. Craig Benno 5 Jun 2011 at 6:59 pm

    I enjoyed that article…though “Spare the rod, spoil the child” is an actual Scripture verse found in Proverbs.

    I love the lecturers sneaky trap of 2 Hesitations…lol!

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