Christian Humanist Profiles, Episode #6: Reading the Bible with Ed Cyzewski
The Bible stands before the 21st-century Christian as the most familiar of books and the most alien of books. Partisans of nearly any political persuasion will claim inspiration from the Bible for their own policies, over against the legislative agendas of other parties, each in turn rooted in what each party calls the Bible. Millions of Americans claim to believe that the Bible is the inspired divine word, yet many cannot name the four gospels. In the midst of this strange cultural moment, when those who claim no religious affiliation often still insist that they’re believers, the Christian guide to Bible reading is a book genre whose aims shift even as the role of the genre remains important. Ed Cyzewski has recently published two such books, Unfollowers a devotional of sorts focusing not on the steadfast but on the suspicious in the New Testament and The Good News of Revelation a brief guide to a frequently-misunderstood book. Part commentary and part spy novel. This episode of Christian Humanist Profiles will explore with Ed the role of popular Christian guides to the Bible as well as the assumptions that modern readers make about the Bible and the ways in which Christian authors can help us to ask better questions.