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4.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 5 4.10 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scot McKnight Narrator: Tom Parks Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9780310791201
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Why Can’t I Just Be a Christian?

Parakeets make delightful pets. We cage them or clip their wings to keep them where we want them. Scot McKnight contends that many, conservatives and liberals alike, attempt the same thing with the Bible. We all try to tame it.

McKnight’s The Blue Parakeet has emerged at the perfect time to cool the flames of a world on fire with contention and controversy. It calls Christians to a way to read the Bible that leads beyond old debates and denominational battles. It calls Christians to stop taming the Bible and to let it speak anew for a new generation.

In his books The Jesus Creed and Embracing Grace, Scot McKnight established himself as one of America’s finest Christian thinkers, an author to be reckoned with. In The Blue Parakeet, McKnight again touches the hearts and minds of today’s Christians, this time challenging them to rethink how to read the Bible, not just to puzzle it together into some systematic theology but to see it as a Story that we’re summoned to enter and to carry forward in our day. In his own inimitable style, McKnight sets traditional and liberal Christianity on its ear, leaving readers equipped, encouraged, and emboldened to be the people of faith they long to be.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/14/2014

    " Excellent, excellent book. The author articulates what I have longed believed -- Christians need to be more honest about their beliefs and admit those things that are traditions versus those things that are biblical. Or as the author says, we "adopt and adapt" (a nice way of saying we pick and choose what part of Scripture we will obey). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/6/2014

    " Pretty decent, if somewhat repetitive discussion of how the author views several controversial interpretations of scripture. For on thing, he believes Paul has been misunderstood re: women leading/teaching in church settings. His position seems reasonable to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 2/4/2014

    " An interesting look at how we read the Bible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Hyde | 1/12/2014

    " Fantastic book on a new approach to reading the Bible. I really needed this book right now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Callie | 12/25/2013

    " A bit too conversational at times and the section on wikistories confused me (certainly my mom reading this would be lost) But good things to think about; how do we read the Bible, through what lens are we reading? This book doesn't tell you what lens to choose, but asks you to acknowledge and be aware that you are using one. I enjoyed his take on women in ministry, well-reasoned. To remember: Which passages do we allow to trump? The what women did or the women keep silent ones? Are we open to the possibility of exceptions to the rule in our churches, to allow for a Deborah, a Huldah, a Junia in our current time? If not, why not? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 12/17/2013

    " A good book on what it means to read the Bible as Story. This should definitely be on any list of recommended reading for classes introducing people to reading/interpreting the Bible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Don (The Book Guy) | 11/29/2013

    " The subtitle gives you the purpose of Scot's book. He took his title from watching how an escaped blue parakeet was interacting with sparrows in his backyard. He compares those passages from the Bible that are the source of contention within churches to blue parakeets. He takes the approach of "that was then and this is now" and develops this idea over several chapters, then applies it to a few issues facing the church. I did not agree with how he in my view twisted some verses to make them support his arguments. For those of you interested in hermeneutics, the study of how to read the bible, this is an interesting book. I found much of his approach helpful and affirming to the study style I have developed, but I have some reservation about how he applies his approach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Pekan | 11/20/2013

    " Great book. This is a great look at how to read the Bible. Highly recommend it to anyone who has been reading the Bible for years, or who hasn't read much of the Bible at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Haw | 10/19/2013

    " I wouldn't have been able to read this stretching book 20 years ago. I am glad it wasn't around then. However, I thought this book was right on target. I am glad I have grown enough to read it. Don't read it if you are not ready to have your approach to reading the Bible challenged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 12/15/2012

    " The reality is that everyone "picks and chooses" as they read the Bible. This book does a great job of outlining how to do so reverently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kolby | 10/10/2012

    " A great book that will get you thinking about how you read the bible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Wideman | 8/27/2012

    " This book redefined for me how to read the Bible. I wish every evangelical would read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Athalia | 1/22/2012

    " I found that Scot McKnight's easy-to-read theology to be eye-opening. I am more aware of my own thinking and presuppositions when it comes to reading (or reading into) the Bible. His insights into leadership and gender at the end of the book are refreshing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Rogers | 12/11/2011

    " A bit too repetitive in places for my taste, but easy to understand, and excellent examples to back up his points. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kolby | 4/19/2011

    " A great book that will get you thinking about how you read the bible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 2/19/2011

    " While disagreeing with some of his application, I thought this book was a accessible introduction to the issues and questions raised by hermeneutics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Byron | 11/25/2010

    " helped me understand what the bible is for and about, and how to read it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 6/25/2010

    " annoying blue parakeet metaphor, some lousy examples to support some of his points, but...a fascinating and convicting main premise "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 5/19/2010

    " Very well written. A good perspective on how to approach the Bible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 1/15/2010

    " Great introduction to Theology. It is good for any believer to know what they believe and how to approach creating good theology about what they believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/12/2009

    " Another interesting book--presents a different, slightly uncoventional way of understanding the Bible. I enjoyed reading it, and found myself agreeing with a lot of the ideas. "

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About the Author
Author Scot McKnightScot McKnight (PhD, Nottingham) is the Karl A. Olsson professor in religious studies at North Park University, Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of several books, including One.Life, The Blue Parakeet, Galatians and 1 Peter in the NIV Application Commentary series, and the award-winning The Jesus Creed.
About the Narrator

Tom Parks is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator who has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, in 2010 and 2013. He has been involved in recording audiobooks and voice-overs for over thirty years and through an eclectic range of projects. In addition to performing and directing, he is also an active musician, drumming in musical theater productions in the Midwest, and is in demand as a conference speaker.