Whenever I get a book like this, I’m tempted to jump ahead to the conclusion, just so I can see if I agree with their direction. Against all my instincts, I started from the beginning, and I’m glad I did. Harvey Cox (author of The Secular City) does a service to anyone seeking to look at the Bible through 21st century lenses—and I don’t mean that in a bad sense.
In an age when Biblical literalism no longer makes sense, this book uses three common views of the scriptures to explore a richer meaning. What Cox manages with bringing the text into a new generation is a breath of fresh air. What most readers will find at the end of the journey is a renewed heart for the scriptures, and (hopefully) a new set of lenses with which to read them. Cox brings a conversation back to the Bible free of the weight of expectation or shallow understanding.