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Toronto News, (PR) February 17, 2013
In his new book And God Said, Lets Babel: The Bible as Cross-Cultural Communication (published by iUniverse), which will be featured at AARPs Spring 2013 Life@50+ event in Las Vegas, author and religious scholar Philip McCarty pulls as much from his expertise as from his faith in Gods love to present his ideas on the Bible.
And God Said, Lets Babel begins by examining evidence supporting McCartys claim that the Bible is a cross-cultural book. He then uses what he calls the rules of communication to show how the Bible communicates cross-culturally. Finally, McCarty ties in all of his ideas, bringing them together to make them practical for readers.
McCarty is a religious/Bible scholar, having studied extensively and earning advanced degrees in multiple subjects pertaining to religion, Christianity and the Bible. But, according to him, his book takes religious studies toward new discoveries and ideas.
It struck me that the Bible really is a multicultural book, and is designed to speak cross-culturally, he says about his studies and his inspiration for And God Said, Lets Babel This is something that I had not heard stressed in other classes, or made prominent as I read other books. The more I researched the topic, the more the book came into being.
Studying the Bible with his idea of a cross-cultural message as a lens, McCarty has crafted an intriguing, academic argument. But his book also has an inspirational purpose. I want readers to understand that God cares about them in the culture in which they live, he says. God did not simply speak to one nation, several thousand years ago. God is speaking today, to all nations and cultures, directly to individuals who are important to God.
About the Author
Philip McCarty earned a B.A. in Bible and a bachelors degree in religious education in pastoral studies from Tennessee Temple University, as well as a masters degree in Christian thought from Bethel Seminary. He is the author of two other books and has been teaching Bible and theology for over 25 years. He currently resides in Columbia, Mo.