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The Point: Well, You Really Do Have to Read the Bible


John Stonestreet

It’s a sign of the times.

Recently, the Bible made GQ’s list of books you “don’t have to read.” Of course, dissing scripture is as old as the hills but with falling circulation and GQ becoming the magazine no one wants to read, their powers that be are trying to shock folks into becoming readers.

Don’t let this set your teeth on edge, but GQ calls the Bible “repetitive, self-contradictory, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.”

But as Shane Morris writes at, “Between the fourth and twentieth centuries, basically no movement, reform, revival, conflict, work or art, symphony, or piece of literature in the West came about independent of this grand dialogue with biblical faith . . . If you don’t understand the Bible, you can’t understand the West.”

Nor would you understand a good chunk of this commentary, which is sneakily packed with biblical phrases that we use every day.

Look, if Western elites continue to harden their heart against its foundation, the writing is on the wall.

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