This year, departments and programs in the arts and humanities at WVU are invited to pose a question for discussion to our campus and beyond. The question posed by the WVU Religious Studies Program is, “Has the Bible been a positive or negative force throughout history?”
Several Religious Studies faculty members from WVU, and one guest faculty member from Oklahoma City University, contributed short essays in response to the question.
Before beginning to answer such an enormous question, one must interpret it. Whose history? Which Bible? Does a text have an influence, or is it the use of a text that has an influence? Do we have any ethical obligations to avoid using a text to harm others?
Our experts help get the discussion started, and we welcome others to share their own thoughtful perspectives in the blog.