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The Bible You Didn’t Know You Could Believe In

 

The Bible You Didn’t Know You Could Believe In reflects the most recent advances in biblical scholarship, seeking to present an understanding of the Bible, God, and Jesus that people can believe in with integrity.

In recent decades, the traditional church has experienced significant decline.  One of the reasons for this, the book suggests, is the way the Bible, God, and Jesus are presented in the local church.  The book notes that when we read the Bible in a non-literal way, the rich stories and messages of the Bible begin to open up to us in meaningful and personally transformative ways.  The book affirms how viewing the Bible as the inerrant, infallible word of God is simply inadequate to our modern experience.

As an expression of progressive Christianity, the book emphasizes:

Not taking the Bible literally; rather, reading the Bible in light of its historical context and mostly as metaphorical narrative.

Freeing God from the bonds of supernatural theism.

Viewing Jesus not as divine but as fully human.

The author provides the reader with a modern view of the Bible, God, and Jesus that is believable while, at the same time, providing integrity to our beliefs.

Review
In, The Bible You Didn’t Know You Could Believe In, Jeffrey Frantz provides a valuable teaching tool for local pastors and churches committed to the rediscovery of their faith.  His is a progressive voice that makes a clarion call to those  desiring to reclaim ground that has been relinquished to conservative voices.  Frantz articulates this message with the integrity of a local church pastor who has labored over four decades in this endeavor.  This is a special book for how it speaks and engages  both the believer and the skeptic – a book to be read and then used.  I have no doubt that somewhere Marcus Borg is cheering!   ~Rev. Glen D. Larsen Jr.

About the Author
The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Frantz is a retired United Church of Christ minister.  He had long term pastorates in San Diego County and in Miami Lakes, Florida.  His service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama in the late sixties spurred his commitment to social-justice ministries and to a spirit of ecumenism as a local church pastor.  He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Pacific School of Religion. He is the author of The Bible You Didn’t Know You Could Believe In and his just published book: The God You Didn’t Know You Could Believe In. Dr. Frantz and his wife, Yvette, are now retired and living in Boynton Beach, Florida.

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