Feeriker had an interesting comment on the previous post on 10 Christian Dating Principles That Could Transform Lives.
“The same is true of “book culture” which is prevalent in Evangelical Christianity (and I’m sure it’s not just limited to that). “Book culture” is the tendency for people to read books about the Bible and interpretations about the Bible and spiritual things instead of reading the Bible itself.”
I’m almost tempted at this point to say that “Book Culture” is Evangelical Christianity. Almost all evangelical doctrine and practice seems to derive from one-off books by popular theologians and authors whose works only tangentially touch on actual Scripture. Why is this?
Short answer: the typical congregant of an evangelical church tends to be very poorly educated in general and seriously lacking in the fundamental critical thinking skills necessary to process Scriptural texts’ plain meaning. “Book Culture” is a way of making the Bible tasty and digestible for people too spiritually and intellectually immature to eat solid spiritual food.
TL;DR version: [WHINE]”the Bible is too hard to understand! [/WHINE]
Certainly true, to a large extent.
If we were coming up with one liners to represent modern churchianity they would be:
- Church: “Are you not entertained?!”
- Church: “You get grace. And you get grace. And you get grace… everyone gets grace!”
- Church: “Jesus wants you to be happy!”
- Christian: “Have you read that new book on heaven? It opened my eyes!”
- Christian: “God told me to [insert something about their feelings]”
Any of my other readers have some good ones?