60 Second Review:
In Review — By Joe Carter on November 2, 2007 at 1:31 am
The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible
The Book: The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Bible by Robert J. Hutchinson
:10 — The Gist: Religious writer Robert Hutchinson defends the Bible against ” mockers, skeptics, and deniers” and argues that it is “the source for the Western ideas of justice, science, and democracy.”
:20 — The Quote: “The notion that you can read an encyclopedia of ancient wisdom like the Bible–written over the course of 1,000 years, in the three difficult ancient languages, by many different human authors spread across the breadth of the Middle East–the same way you read a newspaper article only reveals an astonishing comic book (for lack of a better term) understanding of the ancient world.” (p. 6)
:30 — The Good: Provides a useful introduction to the reliability and influence of the Bible…
:40 — The Not-So Good: …but does so–not always but too often–in a manner that is politically strident and off-putting.
:50 — The Verdict: The latest entry in Regnery’s popular P.I.G. series probably won’t convince hardcore skeptics or atheists that the Bible is the Word of God. But Hutchinson, who holds an M.A. in biblical studies, from Fuller Theological seminary, ably defends the Scriptures against typical lame attacks (i.e., it’s full of discrepancies; there is more than one Gospel account) and shows how the book has impacted and influenced Western civilization. The breadth of scholarship that is covered is surprisingly broad for such a general level book, though most of the material will be familiar to students of the Bible. Regrettably, the P.I.G. format requires that the subject be framed in the language of the culture war, which grows tiresome after a few chapters.
:60 — The Recommendation: A handy book for Christians who listen to a lot of conservative talk radio and need an introductory-level defense of the Bible.