The Bible as an Enjoyable Reading Experience

The Bible as an enjoyable reading experience — does that sound wonderful to you? Or maybe even ‘unimaginable?’ Watch this video:

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I’m not enthusiastic about doing so much work on the reading experience while using an older translation. The ASV, for example, predates the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Still, it’s much better than the KJV, and the archaic word forms are being eliminated, so it’s not bad.

What do you think? Should the Bible be enjoyable to read, as well as practical to study?

(I was originally alerted to this project by Jason Morehead, via Tim Chailles.)

Calvin vs. Wesley

William Willimon reviewed Calvin vs. Wesley, a new book that might be especially interesting to people who attend a Presbyterian/Methodist Union church.

The book sounds like something a Calvinist like myself would enjoy reading, despite this bit (from the review, not the book):

I do wonder if his critique of Calvin — arguing that Calvin’s theory of the faith is bested by Wesleyan’s practice of the faith — is critical enough. What if Calvin’s pompous, overwrought systematic theology was not only too narrow, too systematized, and too static to do justice to biblical faith, but also wrong about God?

Something I was interested to see (in the review but apparently based on the chapters of the book) was a set of antitheses between Calvinism and Wesleyanism:

  • Love vs. sovereignty
  • Bible as Primary vs. Sole Authority
  • Grace as Prevenient vs. Irresistible
  • Salvation as Unlimited vs. Limited
  • Ministry as Empowering vs. Triumphal

I wonder how many of them I could explain briefly, much less describe how they relate to Wesleyanism.

You Have an Amazing Library

How many theological books do you have access to? (Count the Bible, by all means.)

When they did their work, the great theologians of the past—people like Augustine and Thomas—had access to libraries of a few hundred or perhaps a thousand manuscripts.

Well, you have access to the brand-new Theological Commons at Princeton Theological Seminary, a free library of more than 50 thousand books on theology and religion. From the website:

The Theological Commons is a digital initiative of the Princeton Theological Seminary Library. Begun in 2011, its purpose is to improve access to the digital and non-digital material held in the Library and, in particular, to bring Princeton Seminary’s digital collections together in a single more convenient framework, making searching and viewing of those collections easier and quicker.

In the women’s Bible study today, I mentioned the Geneva Bible and how King James didn’t like it because it wasn’t especially royalty-friendly. But don’t take my word for it. Look for yourself at the footnote to Exodus 1:19 we talked about, from the Theological Commons site. (If you have trouble with that link, come in the front door and search for the Geneva Bible, then navigate to page 43.)