A recent article published by the magazine GQ lists 21 books to strike off your reading list because they are racist, sexist, or just really boring. Included in their list is the Holy Bible. Does GQ offer a fair criticism? Sean McDowell, Ph. D., provides solid insight on why GQ is wrong and why the Bible should be in your hands (and not just on the shelf!). From Sean McDowell:

GQ recently posted an article titled, “21 Books You Don’t Have to Read.” It includes many classics such as The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway. And it also includes the Bible.

It would be easy to criticize this post. And I will below. But it’s worth pondering some truth in the opening lines of the section on the Bible:

“The Holy Bible is rated very highly by all the people who supposedly live by it but who in actuality have not read it.” Ouch. Sadly, there is some truth in this. It is not lost on the wider world that we Christians often fail to read and live by the words of Scripture.

Rather than responding with anger at GQ for including the Bible in this list, our first response should be one of self-reflection: Do we fail to live what we claim to believe? Do we really read and study Scripture? How can the church mature so that claims like this fall on deaf ears? Let’s remove the plank from our own eye first.

Nevertheless, it really is crazy that the editors of GQ (not a guest writer or an op-ed, by the way)—chose the Bible for this list. After all, the Bible is the most influential book ever written. Period.

Continue reading: http://seanmcdowell.org/blog/why-gq-is-wrong-the-bible-is-a-must-read


Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, best-selling author, popular speaker, part-time high school teacher, and the Resident Scholar for Summit Ministries, California.