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Publisher's Summary

In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton invites us into an honest conversation about the Bible. The book begins with foundational questions such as: How and when was the Bible written? Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why? How literally must we read it? And, is the Bible ever wrong?
From there, Hamilton considers the real questions people frequently ask that continue to divide Christians and denominations alike, including:


Were Adam and Eve real people?
Why is God so violent in the Old Testament?
Why would Paul command women to keep silent in the church?
Is Jesus the only way to salvation?
How does God view homosexual people?
Is the Book of Revelation a guide to the End Times
In approachable and inviting language, Hamilton addresses these often misunderstood biblical themes leading listeners to a deeper appreciation of the Bible so that we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be life-changing and life-giving.
©2014 Adam Hamilton (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
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2 out of 5 stars
By Denise Lynn Cyr on 01-16-17

Good for history not interpretation

I found the first section of this book to be very informative as far as church history and how are canon came to be. However, I was very disheartened to hear Mr. Hamilton describe removing parts of scripture he didn't like or understand. I found that he painted scripture interpretation with a broad brush and based some of his arguments on assumptions and hypotheses. As I finished the book, I was reminded of the scripture verse found in Proverbs 3:5. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matt on 05-27-14

Excellent book for the non-biblical scholar

The author does an excellent job of breaking down complex theological positions and framing them back up for the laymen—always using sound logic and reason. Many of the topics he decides to take on are many of the same things I have wrestled with throughout my adult life—how to reconcile them against scripture and my own inner beliefs, etc. I found his take on many of these to be consistent with what I have come to believe.

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