Gimme that Online Religion

Friday, March 27, 2009


For booksellers, hotel guests, and the faithful, one book remains a mainstay – The Bible. But despite the book’s unending popularity, for many it remains a daunting read. Enter Slate columnist David Plotz, who decided to scour the Good Book cover-to-cover, and blog about it for the unschooled among us. Plotz explained to us a few years back why he put his analysis online.

Comments [3]

Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Boy, I so glad that my religious beliefs do not depend on these books! They are so confusing.

While raised Roman Catholic and strongly encouraged by clergy to join their number (a testiment to their respect for my familiarity with and grasp of this material at a young age), I have found that an openess to other sources and traditions and a reliance on my own reason and my own epiphanies better meets my spiritual needs than to be confined to just these texts.

Apr. 02 2009 02:19 AM
sarah from park slope, brooklyn

Hi there. This week I started doing a daily Twitter post on the weekly Torah portion. Check it out - JIYTorah - it's part of a new project: Each tweet links to a longer essay on that day's topic or something recently in the news.

Mar. 29 2009 10:57 AM
Sam Bloomfield from WBUR

Always a great show. I listen every Sunday morning. I would like to suggest you use an alternative name for the “Old Testament”, a clearly Christian term/perspective [used in your ‘Gimme that Online Religion’ piece]. I have done some informal research and believe that the most religion-neutral replacement I have seen would be “Hebrew Bible.” Here Hebrew refers to the original language of the text, not the people, and is therefore more objective than “Old" or “Testament.” All 'major' religions accept these books as a part of the Bible. Let me know what you think?

Mar. 29 2009 07:21 AM

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