Recently CODEC’s Dr Pete Phillips wrote on Premier Christianity’s website about “Why your Bible App’s ‘verse of the day’ feature could be skewing your view of God.” The lead paragraph offers an overview:
According to new research, the Bible’s feel-good or ‘therapeutic’ verses are being shared more widely than those which communicate propositional truth. Dr Pete Phillips reports
Dr Phillips writes:
One result is that the internet is populated with therapeutic texts rather than propositional texts. Could this result in people thinking the Bible is more about therapy than about God sending his son to die for us?
…Because we are all wrapped up in the social media filter bubbles of retweets, shares and likes, our experience of the Bible online is often dictated by what works as clickbait rather than doctrine. Does this mean that we lose out on doctrinal or propositional input into our Bible reading online? And should we do something about putting more propositional Christianity out there into the media, or will we find it simply lands on deaf ears, blind eyes and dead screens?
Do go and read the article in its entirety!
A response article, largely sharing Dr Phillip’s concerns, has also been written by Institute for Bible Reading’s Glenn Paauw in “Verse of the Day ‘Therapy’ is Shrinking the Bible.” He writes:
Exposure to a wider variety of Bible verses might offer me more than therapy, but the entire approach is still based on providing would-be Bible readers little more than a morsel. The bigger issue is that we can’t rely on tweets, Facebook posts, or verse of the day deliveries to our inbox to fulfill the promise of Bible engagement.
Paauw argues that the solution is to ‘read big’, i.e., not to rely only on ‘sound bites’ of the Bible but to give the whole of the Bible full attention.