Reading Scripture Alone

“For example, it is easy in a culture obsessed with individualism to believe that the most determinative way to read scripture is by oneself.  But we are never truly alone when we are reading; rather, we are always reading in the company of other voices that are shaping our readings in crucial ways.  Thus one of the central questions that Christians must always ask themselves is this:  With whom are we reading scripture?  Which of the myriad voices around us are influencing our reading of scripture?  Unfortunately, we are never urged to ask such questions when we are under the illusion that we are reading scripture ‘alone’.” – Philip Kenneson, Life on the Vine (170)

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