God’s Dangerous Book is a history of the Bible.
It’s a book about how the Bible was put together, where it came from and who decided what went in there in the first place.
More, its a book about how the Bible has always been a dangerous, incendiary text. The Bible is more than just a piece of literature. It’s a challenge, an inspiration, a wild, unsettling mandate for revolutionary behaviour. And that is exactly how people have used it over the years – for good and ill.
The story of the Bible is, like the stories within the Bible, about people finding freedom. ‘The truth will make you free’, said Jesus (John 8.32). And that is exactly what dictators and bigots and religious demagogues have always feared.
Gandhi read the Bible and he said this
“You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilisation to pieces, turn the world upside down and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it is nothing more than a piece of literature.”
He was right. The Bible is not just a ‘piece of literature’.
It is God’s dangerous book.