If I didn’t already know that it must be the Christ Child, I’d say it’s the Easter bunny.
This well-known saying, a twelve-year-old’s response to a question about a picture shown in a Religious Studies class, illustrates the problem with the Church’s Bible interpretation: the answers have already been determined.
In this blog I aim to formulate theories about
Biblical history and literature that explain the Bible as dealing with events in the natural world: events determined by the principle of cause and effect.
Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg in 1517. They were an invitation to discussion: “for the love of truth and the desire to explain it“. But Luther moved with the times: he also had his theses printed and distributed. If he lived now, he’d use the internet to spread his ideas.
That’s why I’m using a blog to present my theses. I’ll present one or more theses on the Bible daily up to 31 October 2017 – from 8 July up to 22 August because of holiday only every third day – pointing out where they differ to the church’s current dominant master narrative.
I look forward to input from interested Christian, Jewish, Muslim and atheist readers, and lively discussions from all possible scholarly directions, to mocking comments from agnostics and critical questions from inquiring readers.
The Bible can be so exciting if we approach it with an enquiring mind instead of accepting the papal interpretation. As Martin Luther wrote in 1520 (in his open letter To the Christian Nobility…): Bible interpretation should not be the sole privilege of the (Papal) church with its priests and professors; on the contrary, all Christians, even lay people, should interpret the Bible!
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