On December 23, 2014, Newsweek published a 9,000-word cover-story by Kurt Eichenwald titled “The Bible: So Misunderstood It’s a Sin.” Professor Michael J. Kruger of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte gives it its due this first installment of a response.
My own response to this Newsweek “hit” piece can be seen in the following two comments I made to it on the Newsweek site:
I once held a view practically identical to the author of this article. Then I decided to read and study the New Testament for myself. It didn’t take me long to realize that the New Testament documents made more sense than the view I had held of it.
How does this writer claim to be dealing with the Bible when he fails to deal at all with the central claim of the Bible? That is, the New Testament repeatedly and emphatically declares that Jesus of Nazareth has been made Lord of heaven and earth by virtue of His resurrection from the dead according to the promises of God in the Old Testament. Do you wonder at all why the journalist devotes himself to majoring on minors?
While Dr. Kruger deals with Eichenwald’s errors of commission, I dealt with what I felt was far graver: his error of omitting discussion of the Bible’s central claim.
This Newsweek essay reminds me of how hostile modern culture has become to Jesus Christ. It also reminds me that half-truths are more pernicious than outright lies. Anyone who trusts Newsweek’s opinion of the Bible has put themselves in demonstrably unreliable hands. Do today’s journalists not realize that they have made “journalistic integrity” an oxymoron?
I only recommend that you read Kruger’s critique. Reading Eichenwald’s article is a punishment no one deserves.
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