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Gary D. Collier is founder and director of The Coffee with Paul Classroom. He is the author of ** Reading the Bible Like Jesus ** Divorce and the Christ Community ** Unrelenting Faith (forthcoming) He energetically promotes the concept of a conversational approach to Scripture. In contact with people from 42 countries around the world, he is uniquely qualified as the Bible translator, developer, and teacher of an innovative new approach to adventurous Bible study for people who crave more than what is typical. As the founder and co-chairman of the one-time Seminar for Biblical Hermeneutics at the Christian Scholar’s Conferences held at college campuses throughout the United States, as a former teacher of biblical languages at Fuller Theological Seminary and the Iliff School of Theology, and biblical languages and literature at Martin University, and as a minister in California and Indiana, Gary has devoted his life to the innovative, responsible, and contextual application of the Bible to life.
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  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: CWP Press (April 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615536484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615536484
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,875,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago, the doctrine of Sola Scriptura (scripture alone) has been at the foundation of the theological thinking of all Christians whose traditions reach back to that Reformation and before. Yet we rarely discuss and rarely seem to consider where and how we got the Bible. Even when this important matter is discussed, much of what is taught derives from relatively recent tradition about scripture, and sometimes even stresses the need for "blind faith," since we know that God must have given us the Bible!

This is a critical matter. If our doctrines derive from the Bible, we need to know which Bible to use and how to read it properly. In Scripture, Canon, and Inspiration, Gary Collier delves deeply and honestly into the history of the origins and boundaries of scripture. He plumbs our holy scriptures to see what the Bible itself says about inspiration and the boundaries of the canon of scripture. You may be surprised at what is there and what is not there!

In the first half of the book, Collier's discussion of the canon and scripture is engaging and detailed, but very easily understood by the average reader, requiring no special background or prior expertise in this area. The second half of the book goes into greater detail for those readers who want deeper background material on the Biblical text, and desire a deeper understanding. Although it is more densely packed with information and has to be read more slowly, I found this part of the book deeply rewarding. For example, after his resurrection, when Jesus appeared to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, Luke tells us that "beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
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Put your Bible reading plans aside (and creeds and ecstatic worship experiences, too, while you're at it). No matter how popular the method or the speaker or the author, don't follow supposed charisma or some 12 easy, magic "steps for your life" *supposedly* based on the Bible.

Do, on the other hand, listen to both the details and the overarching messages from Gary Collier in this book. You will emerge from this read with a newly fleshed-out respect for scripture, although you might have sustained a wound or two along the way.

Basically, we are baseless if we do not sit in rapt attention before ancient scripture, engaging with it honestly, and I am persuaded that renewal based in what scriptural texts actually say can make all the difference in and for Christians. - Brian and Karly Casey
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Like most Christians, I have questions about my religion. I spent decades searching for answers. And, I looked for answers in books about Christianity.

This book was written almost entirely as dialogue in a conversation the author has with others, moving from one topic to another. Based upon the secondary title of "Faith in Pursuit of Conversation," I assume that was what the author intended. In his book, I found some diamonds (or some useful information) within it. For me, these were primarily the additional sources and citations throughout the book that I could use for my personal research in Christianity. I was so impressed with his words that I even referenced Collier's book on pages 24, 29, 30, 89, 146, 149 of my recently published book, Christian Controversies: Seeking the Truth.

I no doubt believe that the author is very knowledgeable on the scriptural topic and is very good at conversing with others. He even has several learned scholars willing to support him in his efforts at writing. This is a good read for anyone beginning to understand their Christian faith.
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