Is the Bible Still Relevant to us Today?
I’ll give you some quotes, you guess who said them. Here they are:
Quote 1: “[The Bible] should be read so that people have depth to language and depth of reference, which they are without. I think it is a great deprivation [to remove the Bible from schools]. What have we thrown away? One of the greatest pieces of art, work, whatever way you want to put it. It’s awful.”
Quote 2: “Though I am sometimes reluctant to admit it, there really is something ‘timeless’ in the Tyndale/King James synthesis. For generations, it provided a common stock of references and allusions, rivaled only by Shakespeare in this respect. It resounded in the minds and memories of literate people, as well as of those who acquired it only by listening…A culture that does not possess this common store of image and allegory will be a perilously thin one.”
Quote 3: “A native speaker of English who has never read a word of the King James Bible is verging on the barbarian.”
Any guesses? (…Going once? …Going twice?)
Here are the answers:
Quote 1: [atheist] Melvyn Bragg
Quote 2: [atheist] Christopher Hitchens
Quote 3: [atheist] Richard Dawkins.*
Surprised? I certainly was.
As a Christian living in today’s American culture, I often feel like I’m one of the few people left who would even dare to genuinely answer today’s Big Question with a confident “of course!,” followed by my reasons for such a claim…
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