"Religious assumptions are the "learning disability" which keeps us in a state of functional illiteracy where the Bible is concerned." Misread, misconstrued, and misquoted, our Bible is help up as the foundation of the faith, the rulebook for service, and the justification for every religious lunacy in Christendom. But what are the Scriptures really? How can we be sure we're reading them properly? This book explains why we misunderstand the Bible, how bewildering Christianity can be as a result, and how we can begin to read the Scriptures as they were given. Using many examples from Scripture, it introduces the reader to the Bible's language, history, diversity, and testimony, which are neither popular nor popularly known. Addressed primarily to evangelical Christian, those in mainline denominations and "home churches" who are drawn to an earnest encounter with the Scriptures will also find this book speaking to them. If you have even wondered why the Bible seems so confusing while invoked so resolutely, please read.