Because I didn’t grow up Christian, I have only the vaguest idea of what is in the Bible. And being a UU, it’s pretty easy to avoid the whole thing.
But that’s really not good enough. This is an incredibly influential and important book, whether or not I agree with everything in it or love it or dislike it, I should still know it. But how? I haven’t found any helpful study guides for liberal seeker and skeptics, although I did read John Buehrens’ Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals. It was helpful, but not complete.
I really just wanted to read the whole thing, and have someone to discuss it with. But I searched in vain for a “Liberal Bible Study Group”. That was when I was complaining to my mother, and she said “Let’s start a Mother-Daughter Bible Study!”
A brilliant notion. We are meeting monthly, discussing two books at a time. Mom even bought The Old Testament from The Great Courses series, and that is enriching our understanding as well.
I copied this quote into the front of my study Bible. So far, it’s aspirational, but I hope that if I pay close enough attention, I may feel this.