I WRITE BOOKS ABOUT THE BIBLE, like the book shown here. Some readers seem genuinely ticked that I don’t take a position on the controversial stuff: abortion, homosexuality, a literal seven-day creation.
I report on all of these.
I’ll tell readers about Christians who insist that the Flood covered the entire world. And I’ll report why other Christians say that’s crazy talk that ignores the expertise of every smart geologist with dirt under the fingernails.
But I won’t tell readers what I think.
For the record, here’s why. Two reasons.
- My opinion is that folks shouldn’t care what my opinion is. They should get the facts as best they can, and then develop their own opinion.
- I am oh so weary of talking heads telling me what I should think. Even the TV news isn’t news anymore. It’s a bunch of opinions. “Reporters” and “analysts” telling me what they think, as if I should care.
I don’t want opinions when I’m listening to news. And I don’t want sermons when I’m reading books. Just tell me the stories and report the facts as objectively as you can. I’ll figure out what to do with them. Even if it’s to drop those details into a pending file, until I can gather enough extra info to form a reasonably intelligent opinion. Assuming it’s reasonable that I can form an intelligent opinion.
Would that be okay?