Jan is completing her Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
‘When we believe without question that the Bible is the word of God, directly from God, and without error, we remove ourselves from the responsibility of trying to understand God speaking to us today. Martin Luther translated the Bible into German precisely so that we wouldn’t rely solely on “authorities” for meaning. Divinely inspired scripture does not mean it was divinely dictated. Accepting it word for word is to believe someone else’s interpretation. This handwritten draft (and the article below) illustrates that man always has a hand in the shaping of God’s message. Man’s creative license is wonderful in many ways (again, as the article shows). As Karen Armstrong said at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, “Scripture is a human artifact. God works through our creativity.”