Scripture Twisting: 20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible

Scripture Twisting: 20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible

by James W. Sire


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How often have you encountered some bizarre doctrine only to be stunned to hear a Bible verse quoted to support it? With new religious cults springing up almost daily and old ones growing rapidly, this is more and more common. How are they seemingly able to twist Scripture to mean something orthodox Christians have never believed it to mean in two thousand years?
James Sire, author of The Universe Next Door and How to Read Slowly, has isolated twenty separate kinds of reading errors which are characteristically made by cultists as they interpret the Bible. He covers the full range from simple misquotation to complex argumentation which links one slightly eccentric interpretation to another, mixes in a few orthodox readings and ends with a conclusion totally foreign to the biblical world view. Sire also handles twisted translation, overspecification, virtue by association, ignoring the context and other flawed interpretations. A book to help us all become better readers of the Scriptures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780877846116
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 10/01/1980
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 537,174
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

James W. Sire (PhD, University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press, is an active speaker and writer. He has taught English, philosophy, theology, and short courses at many universities and seminaries. He continues to be a frequent guest lecturer in the United States and Europe.
His InterVarsity Press books and Bible studies include The Universe Next Door (a worldviews textbook), Scripture Twisting, Discipleship of the Mind, Chris Chrisman Goes to College, Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?, Habits of the Mind, Naming the Elephant, Learning to Pray Through the Psalms, Why Good Arguments Often Fail and A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics.

Table of Contents

1. The Methodology of Misreading: An Introduction

2. World-View Confusion: A Preliminary View

3. The Text of Scripture

4. Scripture as Rhetoric

5. Scripture as Literature

6. Scripture as Evidence

7. Reasoning from Scripture

8. The Authority of the Bible

9. World-View Confusion: The Heart of the Matter

10. The Discipleship of the Word

Appendix I: A Brief Definition of Twenty Reading Errors

Appendix II: John 1:1 and the New World Translation


General Index

Bible Index

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Scripture Twisting: 20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
longrunner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book for anyone who has a desire to learn to discern what is biblical from what is false. He also gives an excellent though brief definition of systematic theology. Highly recommended.
MissWoodhouse1816 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent expose on how cults twist the Scriptures to fit their own agendas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Sire's book, though first published in 1980, is still of great value. His insights help in recognizing not only what the 'cults' are doing with Scripture, but also helps Christians recognize some of today's wayward preachers and others in their twisting of Scripture. For those who are concerned about one's 'world view' Dr. Sire also helps one to understand/recognize the confusion presented in talking about a 'world view.' This book is recommended especially for pastors and teachers of the Holy Bible. I suspect it would help if every editor of a Christian publication would also read it. There are other books also dealing with the issue of Scripture twisting and abuse, but I consider this one as basic and those who are pastors and teachers should be reading other books/resources as well. This should be one of the manditory books for every seminary student, especially in a class on hermeneutics.