Read the Bible if you’re going to have an opinion about it

Read the Bible if you’re going to have an opinion about it January 7, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson. NASA/Bill Ingalls, Wikimedia Commons

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has a list of books you should read. His selection concerns works of profound and lasting influence, such as On the Origin of Species and The Wealth of Nations.

Topping the list — not too surprisingly — is the Bible. But curiously Tyson slanders the book. Why read it? “[T]o learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself,” he says.

It reminds me of a comment by Fr. Tom Hopko: If you’re going to have an opinion about the Bible, you should read it. Clearly Tyson hasn’t read the Book of Job.

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