How would you summarize the story of the Bible in just one minute? How would you summarize the history of biblical interpretation, including the contrasting views of Roman Catholics and Protestants during the Reformation period, in just fifteen minutes?
Here’s how William Stacy Johnson, theology professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, from his book John Calvin: Reformer for the 21st Century puts it:
The Bible is a collection of sacred texts about faith, written by those who had faith, in order to engender that same faith in generations yet to come. When we expect the Bible to be a science text or a historical record or a blueprint for predicting the future, then, at best we cease to respect it for what it is. At worst we misuse it or even abuse its power by forcing it to serve alien purposes.