When I started my website and blog, it was to help launch a larger project— one originally called The Bible for Book Clubs and now Reading the Bible as an Adult. My hope was that addressing diverse topics on the blog would attract people to the site; once there, they would then learn about my project of reading the Bible as literature that engages life questions. Now, five months into the process, foreground and background are shifting.I’m realizing that the format of the blog is much more accessible than that of the project. I thought that the structured format of Reading the Bible as an Adult would be its strength– modelling for groups a way to read biblical narratives as stories and talk about them alongside participants’ lives. But a colleague helped me see that the structure also limits the project’s appeal: not many people outside of churches (or in them) belong to such dedicated groups. It’s also a lot harder than I thought to convince the non-religious as well as the religious that the Bible offers anything other than life instructions or fodder for conspiracy theories.
I haven’t given up on the Reading the Bible as an Adult project, but I’m realizing that my blog is more likely to generate discussion. So, for now, I’m shifting more of my energy for the Bible as literature to the blog. In posts to come, I’ll share my own experience of how engaging biblical texts (especially in light of their ideological dimensions) provides provocative perspectives from which to look at life and culture(s). I invite others to do the same.
For the first few of these posts, I’ll bring over some of the reflections from the project, rewritten in a more blog-gy style. If you want the more structured, group-oriented version, check it out.