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Biblical studies have historically been consigned to theological schools and church groups. In The Good Book, Peter Gomes, pastor of Harvard University's Memorial Church and a professor of theology, has written a vivid, common sense and wise analysis of what the Bible means for us today. As an African American gay man, Gomes is interested in re-viewing the biblical passages on sexuality and race, but The Good Book is much more than a revisionist look at controversial biblical passages. Gomes is interested in rediscovering how the Bible can find a place in our emotional and political lives, as well as in our religious beliefs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard and longtime pastor of Memorial Church there, has been cited by Time as one of the seven best preachers in America. He laments, however, that he and his fellow ministers across the nation "preach regularly from the Bible to congregations that know so little about it," despite the outpouring of biblical translations, exegetical books and other analytical aids. His mission in this cogent exercise in nonsectarian Christian apologetics is to help reverse the current decline in biblical literacy by reclaiming the Bible from theological stodginess and lay laziness. The book is divided into three parts called "Opening the Bible," "The Use and Abuse of the Bible" and "The True and Lively Word," which refer, respectively, to didactic, polemical and pastoral approaches. The unified result masterfully clarifies what the Bible really says about homosexuality (very little), women as full faith partners (much more), racial harmony (lots, both explicitly and implicitly) and anti-Semitism ("Christianity's Original Sin"). But, whatever the subject, Gomes wants Bible readers to think about intrinsic meanings in Old and New Testament scripture.
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Love those who have a gift & can put it into words! The book was very educational for me.Published 2 months ago by Angela Gaeddert
Reverend Gomes reflections on the Bible is many things and has many parts. It is essentially divided into three parts: 1) How we relate to it, 2) How it relates to us, and 3) How... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gregory Alan Wingo
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Having done theology for my first degree, I didn’t find anything new in this book. However, it explains, in a popular language, the findings of biblical scholars which many in the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
I have always held conservative views. This book has really, really made me think about my positions. Don't read this with a closed mind -- you won't like it. JimPublished 4 months ago by jim
I'm reading this book in a small book group, and I'm really enjoying it.
Those who go in with their own notions about what is true and what is Myth in the Bible will struggle... Read more
The book was enlighten, however you really got to know what you believe before reading it. I believe it can give justifiable means to sinPublished 7 months ago by Tonia Johnson
I've bought this book several times to give to friends. Well worth reading.Published 9 months ago by Chris