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A Reading Challenge of Biblical Proportions

I am going to read the Bible.  Yes, that’s right.  I’m sure some people I know will be surprised.  I’ll tell you the reason.

The Bible is one of the most popular best-selling books in history.  I often read popular books.  I’m reading one now.  So, for literary purposes, I’m going to read this rather lengthy piece of literature from a literary and entertainment point of view.  But I’m not going to review it.  However, since I’m calling this a challenge, I will write blog posts for each book I finish, and there are 66 of them.

I won’t be looking at this from a religious point of view.  I’m not going to evaluate Christianity.  I’m not trying to offend anyone or ruffle any feathers.  I’m just interested in seeing if any part of it is interesting.

But there’s another reason.  It’s actually for cultural reasons.  Writing a novel that will feature new religions requires some knowledge of existing religions.  And one of these religions will be started by a Christian in the book.  Consider this research.

The version I’ll be reading is the English Standard Version, the only one I could get for free on Amazon.  And to be honest, the last time I read any of the Bible, I found it quite boring.  We’ll see how age affects that, especially considering I’m more interested in culture and history now.

I’m not sure when I’ll start reading.  I have so many other books to read.  This will be a once-in-a-while kind of thing.  I don’t expect to be converted.

So, just to remind you, I’m reading this from a cultural, literary, and entertainment point of view.  Let’s see how it goes.

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Reviewing Religious Books

Religion is a touchy subject for many people.  Religious books are sacred to many people, and any negativity toward them is considered blasphemous, and likely to incite anger.  But as a literary subject, are they open for reviewing?

I think that those who don’t mind the backlash from either side of the fence can go ahead and review them.  But for me, I’d rather avoid that.  Because of one of the reading challenges I’m going to attempt, I will have to read The Bible. That’s a very long book that many people find difficult to finish.  I’ll approach it from a literary and cultural point of view, as I have no interest in the spiritual side of things.  However, I will not write a review.  I have no need to make people angry.

I’ve seen several reviews of religious books on Goodreads, and they were usually either extremely favourable or quite negative.  The positive ones are basically done by religious people who simply agree with what it has to say.  The negative ones are either mocking or actual analyses of the books based on how consistent it is, readability, and more.  Those people are often criticised angrily.

My question for you is this:  Would you attempt a review of a religious book?  Leave a comment.