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Andrew Klavan recommends the Bible and Shakespeare; stating that both do more than anything else to ground one’s understanding of what they’ll need to understand life.
Bishop Robert Barron states Western spiritual tradition orbits around the Bible and Dante’s Divine Comedy. Take what he says of it here, and hear for yourself how it can be applicable now.
Considering it is the work’s 750th anniversary, it is a very good time to crack it open.
Ergo, Tiny1, I did not mention either off hand. Nor am I ridiculing. Sorry for the confusion.
The last two books I mentioned in a rather more whimsical bearing, but there was intent there as well.
In my experience, messages can sometimes become more clear, when you hear them come from out of left-field. From something that isn’t familiar.
I myself didn’t follow or appreciate Shakespeare, until I saw them rendered in the works of Akira Kurosawa. Through the latter, I came to better understand the former.
The wisdom of the Bible I’d say can equally be better appreciated, when you see cultures quite distant from us reach similiar conclusions about the human condition. In their own way, they tap into the universal truth that the Bible itself embodies.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms is also a germane option, because it gets at what he said he was anxious about; the state of the country.
[/quote]His issue is Christianity. The ONLY authority on Christianity, IMO, is the Holy Bible. The point I was making was to STOP listening to others and start listening to the Bible, and the Spirit of God.
I appreciate many authors. Those authors will not help someone decide if Christianity is where their beliefs are edified. My aim was to get him to forsake what others say, including religious leaders, and read the text for himself, to determine the TRUTH about Christianity.
If you study Biblical History, God did not protect those who turned their backs on Him. Many of us are of the belief that America has turned its collective back on God, and so He is essentially ignoring us. Allowing us to feel life without Him.
All that said, the Bible is not better understood by reading other texts. It is WHERE he needs to look for his answers, not by listening to every distortion of Scripture that comes down the pike. Regardless, your point is to read other texts, which may serve to confuse, rather than clarify. My point is that if he wants the truth about Christianity, he needs to study the only authority on Christianity, the Bible.
I don’t put any stock in preachers, or other religious leaders. Neither did Christ. He warned about False Teachers. He warned about other people’s traditions.
I think we need to do likewise.