Posted by: mattcolvin | December 13, 2011

In Defence of Inefficient Bible Reading


Alastair has some wonderful thoughts about reading the Bible here:

In Defence of Inefficient Bible Reading.

I’m fortunate in that most of my reading is slow reading. Other than student papers, I am either reading devotionally and for my own study (Bible, theology, scholarship on the Bible), or I am reading aloud to my kids. I don’t enjoy reading quickly, and I don’t see how anyone can.


Responses

  1. I love reading quickly, and have worked at doing it effectively. Much writing is content-rich but not worth savoring for its own sake (e.g. Michael Lewis’s recent articles on the financial collapse, the new book on Steve Jobs), so there’s no point in spending any more time than need to extract the content. And if all my reading were slow reading, I wouldn’t be able to read most of what I read.

    I love reading slowly when the writing merits it. But as with most pleasures, I have to put limits on that.

  2. Sounds a bit like sour grapes to me, my dear.🙂

    Even when it comes to the Bible, I think it is wrong to suggest the only helpful reading is slow reading. The years that I read the entire Bible cover to cover during Lent I found that, while I certainly missed or skimmed over many, many details, I was able to pick up on “big picture” themes and connections because I was reading such large sections in such a short space of time.

  3. Sounds a bit like sour grapes to me, my dear.🙂

    Even when it comes to the Bible, I think it is wrong to suggest the only helpful reading is slow reading. The years that I read the entire Bible cover to cover during Lent I found that, while I certainly missed or skimmed over many, many details, I was able to pick up on “big picture” themes and connections because I was reading such large sections in such a short space of time.


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