In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton invites us into an honest conversation about the Bible. The book begins with foundational questions such as: How and when was the Bible written? Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why? How literally must we read it? And, is the Bible ever wrong?
From there, Hamilton considers the real questions people frequently ask that continue to divide Christians and denominations alike, including:
In approachable and inviting language, Hamilton addresses these often misunderstood biblical themes leading listeners to a deeper appreciation of the Bible so that we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be life-changing and life-giving.
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The author does an excellent job of breaking down complex theological positions and framing them back up for the laymen—always using sound logic and reason. Many of the topics he decides to take on are many of the same things I have wrestled with throughout my adult life—how to reconcile them against scripture and my own inner beliefs, etc. I found his take on many of these to be consistent with what I have come to believe.
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry listening to the goofball narration.
The narrator's attempt to provide a chirpy, "user-friendly", expressive narration comes off as if he's reading a story to a class of 5 year olds. Dreadful.
I found the first section of this book to be very informative as far as church history and how are canon came to be. However, I was very disheartened to hear Mr. Hamilton describe removing parts of scripture he didn't like or understand. I found that he painted scripture interpretation with a broad brush and based some of his arguments on assumptions and hypotheses. As I finished the book, I was reminded of the scripture verse found in Proverbs 3:5. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."
this thoughtful book makes me question the belief structures I've grown up with. a challenging, intelligent book. I've grown a lot reading this, and will wrestle with my faith but undoubtedly grow more in faith after reading.
And I have read many, including the insightful works of C.S. Lewis. This is a truly modern look at the Bible, the church, and Christianity. I, like many, have at times wondered if Christianity is really reflective of God, given some of its Old Testament violence, harsh penalties, and lack of compassion, which seem contradictory to the teachings of Jesus. I also struggled mightily with reconciling its apparent views toward women, slavery and homosexuality, and its esoteric writings like Revelation. Hamilton does a great service to struggling people of faith like me as he tackles and, to me, very effectively explains these difficulties in a satisfying, logical, compassionate manner. This book may just have saved my faith. Thank you Adam and thank you Lord! I pray it will help many others.
United Methodist Pastor. Seeker of Biblical Truth. Contemplative. Lover of humor and people who don't take themselves too seriously.
Based on Scripture, verses history, and holy inspiration, this book is one of the most well articulated explanations of issues surrounding the texts of the Bible. It is clear that Hamilton values the Bible, while understanding its clear purpose of drawing us closer to God, and bringing new life and purpose to our lives.
The author oftentimes conflicts one statement with another throughout the book especially when it comes to faith in the ability of Scripture to be the Word of God.
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