Sunday, July 24, 2005

Letters I Get-The Negative Part

I'm still experiencing jet lag, and being wide awake at 4 AM, I thought I'd check my email. Someone wrote me the following:
"I just purchased "the Bible for Dummies" and searched on the net for your name just to inquire as to your choice of denomination. I was very disappointed to see that you were Roman Catholic as I feel that you would look at the Bible with a slant that would conflict with my Christian views ... I read the statement of faith from the adoption agency and I agree with their position. Catholics do not have the same biblical beliefs as Christians. I will now read the Bible for Dummies book with a different slant. I wonder what your co-authors religion is."

I receive about three of these types of letters each week. I'll bet people who study French History don't have to deal with this sort of thing.


Blogger Tim said...

At least the guy (Now, why do I make the sexist assumption it was a guy?) has begun to practice reading critically... I'm always telling my students to ask themselves about the author of any work they read: Where're they coming from?

On the other hand, what do you expect with a title like Bible for Dummies - do you expect many rocket scientists to read it?!

2:37 PM  

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