Imagine a year in which you followed every rule of the Bible to the letter…. That means no lying, no coveting, and probably even some beard growing! In this episode of Live at the 92nd Street Y, Jacobs describes his experiences when he attempted to carry out just such a task. Insightful and incredibly entertaining, A.J. Jacobs exudes charm as he describes his many wacky experiences as he attempted to spend a year "Living Biblically". This performance is filled with insight and warnings about the dangers of reading too literally into scripture.
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While he ultimately discovers meaning in some of the most problematic of the Bible's laws, A. J. Jacob's entertaining recollection of his effort to live a literally Biblically - mandated life for one year highlight the dangers lurking in Biblical literalism. He emphasizes the need to respond to sacred scripture with a critical eye, championing "cafeteria religion" despite the disapproval of fundamentalists.
Fun, interesting, humorous, yet also insightful and reflective. Give this very short speech an attentive ear.
Well researched, very funny, very interesting, great talk. Listen to it, religious or not, most likely not I guess, but you'll enjoy it.
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