Welcome to BibleMonster

April 5, 2009

Welcome to a new blog that applies my intense, long-time independent study of Christian and Hebrew scripture to issues of social, politicical and economic policy. I originally conceived of BibleMonster as a corrective to the Bible-based politics and economics of the conservative Christian right during the Bush administration. I found my way, eventually, to a more constructive approach; now I hope to contribute biblical support for a growing progressive religious voice on the issues of our day as well as continue to question conservative biblical interpretation that supports regressive social policy.

 

Thanks so much for joining me.

Steven Davison, BibleMonster

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2 Responses to “Welcome to BibleMonster”

  1. Humber Hull Says:

    Hey BibleMonster-

    Could you elaborate on the term “radical bible”?

    HH

    • biblemonster Says:

      Sorry i’ts taken me so long to respond to you properly. I’m still working out the bugs in my process with the blog.

      By “radical” I mean two things. The first has to do with the root meaning of ‘radical,’ which is ‘root,’ as in radish. I am trying to go deeper than the surface or superficial reading to a reading of the Bible that accounts for its original context. Not just what were biblical writers trying to say, but what did they assume their readers already understood? Therefore, I have studied bilbical economics and anthropology, in particular. For instance, original Bible readers were familiar with “the sea” as a metaphor for chaos, for overwhelming destruction. This is visible in the Song of the Sea in Exodus, one of the oldest passages in the Bible, and it’s still an important image in the Book of Revelation. Yet today, we do not necessarily think of the sea in this way, and these nuances are lost to us.

      I also mean radical in the sense of strongly challenging the status quo. I find the Bible a dangerous book. Just when you think it says what you want it to say, deeper study reveals a complication. Lots of people go to the Bible for the same things they go to religion for–consolation and confirmation. I go to the Bible and to religion for transformation. That is often very uncomfortable. Some of the challenges we face today are serious threats to our prosperity and peace, even to our very existence. I think the Bible has an untapped potential for meeting these threats, but only if we bring courage and creativity to its study.

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