A few months ago, I attended a lecture by a religious science blogger named Christian Jarrett about how to make his or her own playlist for a religious studies symposium.
It’s an exercise Jarrett calls “The Bible is not a book of miracles” because the Bible is a collection of stories about the history of mankind, from creation myths to the creation of the universe, and it contains the words of the Bible.
Jarrett says the goal of the lecture is to inspire and entertain the audience with stories about what happens when we ignore the Bible, what happens if we don’t read it, and what happens to the people who are not literate about its stories.
Jarrett’s lecture was one of many I saw during the past year that reminded me of the importance of reading the Bible in a religious context.
And that’s where I’ve been lately.
I’ve seen several lectures that talk about how the Bible has shaped the world and how it can inspire us to think critically about our own lives.
One of the most inspiring ones was by a woman named Jennifer Egan.
Egan, who has been a professor of religion at Southern Methodist University for 10 years, has been studying the history and politics of the American Bible from the time of King David through the 1970s, and her talk about the impact of the book on the way Americans think about religion is a brilliant one.
It was titled, The Bible and the Politics of Religion: Why The Bible Is a Political Construct and How It Is a Tool of Religion.
It begins with a description of the political philosophy that created the Bible as a political fiction: The Bible, she says, is a political construct.
That’s a political term because the idea that the Bible contains the word of God has been an essential part of the fabric of the nation since its earliest days.
We have a story about how God created man in his image.
We’re told that Adam and Eve were the first humans.
We believe that God was a loving father and gave them dominion over the earth.
And we’re told God sent them to Egypt to worship God.
It has been the cornerstone of our national identity.
But when you look at the Bible’s history, it’s really a collection and a source of myth, of fiction.
The story that it tells is not an account of the history or the history-making, it is a story of the creation.
The Bible is really just a collection that people believe and believe about themselves and each other, says Egan in her lecture.
And if you can’t see that, you’re not reading the book.
In her lecture, she explains that, in the 19th century, the Bible was being used to justify slavery, colonialism, racism, and the oppression of women.
The book was used to support the idea of white supremacy.
The idea that all men were born with a god that is in conflict with human nature is central to the American mythos, and in that context, the idea was that the divine was opposed to the human.
So the Bible had a big role in creating the myth of white male supremacy and in supporting the idea and legitimizing the subjugation of women and people of color.
This is how the book’s history has been used by those who have tried to use it as a way to justify and justify slavery and colonialism.
In the 20th century and beyond, the book has been reinterpreted to make it a source for racism and to justify the oppression and abuse of people of all colors.
And today, the text has been redefined as a tool of religion.
I think it’s important to remember that the history that the biblical text tells is about the oppression, the injustice, the exploitation, and destruction that the book tells us about.
I don’t know if Jarrett’s book is the only way to read the Bible and understand it, but I do know that it’s a fascinating one and a very powerful one.
The other thing I’ve noticed in recent years is the increasing prominence of the term “biblical literalism.”
In recent years, some theologians have attempted to reconcile the Bible with their own religious practices and to make the Bible the basis of their own faith.
This new trend has a lot to do with the rise of new evangelical Christianity.
This particular movement is centered around the idea, based on the Bible itself, that God created humans in his own image, that we are the children of God and that the Scriptures are the only source of truth about the world.
And the Bible doesn’t tell us that we should ignore the Scriptures, it says that we must read them and see the meaning.
So what has happened is that people have started reading the Scriptures and understanding them, which has a big impact on their own lives, because they are not following the Bible through the Bible to be a Christian.
In some ways, that’s what’s happened in the past 10 years with the emergence of the internet and its ability to connect people across the world