A new push is under way to get people reading the Bible — a sensible antidote to Americans' well-documented biblical illiteracy. Behind the drive are influential Texas pastors Randy Frazee and Max Lucado, who both have new books out to guide people through the Scriptures. As capable as these read-your-Bible champions are, however, theirs is not the most straightforward task.
For starters, they are fighting against a social current that is making book-reading of any sort a harder sell. But perhaps even more significant are the disturbing discoveries awaiting readers who are lured back to the "the good book" — content that might come as an unpleasant surprise to Christians convinced it's only certain other religions that must account for violence in their sacred texts.
As becomes unavoidably clear from a stroll through the Old Testament, the Bible can be gruesome, too.
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