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October 30, 2012, 10:01 AM

Strawmen...er, Straw-Women



I wish I had a dollar for every time I hear or read this challenge:  "You can't take the Bible literally!  I mean, you eat shellfish don't you?  Well, Leviticus says you can't!  You don't have your children put to death because they back-talk you, do you?  Well, Leviticus makes provision for that!"

And on, and on, ad nauseam.

Please.  Stop it.

I've said before, and I'll say again, this is sloppy.  Sometimes it is done to mock Christians who don't know any better.  Worse still, for many, it demonstrates a willful misrepresentation of Scripture in order to score a political or cultural point.

 The latest example of this kind of work is in Rachel Held Evans book,  A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master.”  I have not read the book, (and do not have any plans to do so).  However, I did come across an outstanding review of the book by Kathy Keller.  Kathy is the wife of best-selling author and speaker, Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New Yor City.  Kathy is an outstanding teacher and author in her own right.

The review of Evans' book is a superb primer on hermeneutics (interpreting the Bible).  It is a gracious response to the book.  I do hope and pray that it gains a wide reading.  It is painfully necessary!  I do recommend that you take the time to read the review, line by line, and very carefully.

I can't recommend Evans' book...but do read the review.  Read it! 

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