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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

For those with little patience, here's the quickie Bible

Reverend Michael Hinton of the Church of England has cut down Holy Scripture in his new "100 Minute Bible" that claims to "neatly summarize every teaching from the Creation to the Revelation."

Publishers the 100-Minute Press say the book has been written for those who want to know more about Christianity but who do not have the time to read the original in full.

"This is a book for adults and has been written in a style to encourage readers to keep turning the pages, but without resorting to any literary gimmicks[like eliminating 99% of it]," said Len Budd from the publishing firm.

I don't know how it is even comprehensible to attempt such a thing. I could see a book of mediations on the Scriptures that asked people to meditate for one hundred minutes, but how can you attempt to summarize the Bible in this way and even think that you would accurately present the faith?

I guess it should come as no surprise, it's simply another in the long line of attempts to minimize the faith to make it "more accessible" and to rewrite the Scriptures to fit our own desires. I don't know why some feel the need to abbreviated the Scriptures, Liturgy, Prayer or feel that people will lose interest if it is "too long".

There is so much real holiness in the Scriptures that should be meditated upon, mulled over, incorporated in our being not become fodder for a flip book.


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