What the Bible Really Tells Us provides an accessible introduction to reading the Good Book. It provides essential background information, then gives readers tools to interpret and understand passages. The book explores what the Bible really says about key issues today-including heaven & hell, wealth & money, and sexuality-then encourages readers to pursue Bible reading on their own.
T. J. Wray is associate professor of religious studies at Salve Regina University and author of several books, including Surviving the Death of a Sibling and Good Girls, Bad Girls. She lives in Newport, Rhode Island.
List of Tables Acknowledgments Introduction: What You Need to Know Chapter 1: Take the Test: The Sixty-Second Super Easy Bible Quiz Chapter 2: A Tree With Deep Roots: A Brief History of Biblical Illiteracy Chapter 3: Bible Basics: It's Not Rocket Science! Chapter 4: The Problem of Pain: Why Do We Suffer? Chapter 5: Final Destinations: Heaven and Hell Chapter 6: Show Me the Money: The Surprising Truth About Wealth and Riches Chapter 7: Should We or Shouldn't We?: An Exploration of Sexuality and Gender Chapter 8: Fair is Fair: The Essential Aspects of Biblical Laws and Justice Chapter 9: Mother Earth: The Bible and the Environment Chapter 10: Making the God Connection: Communicating With God Through Prayer and Worship Conclusions Resources Index