My favorite line from this article is this one:
“I was always told a Bible wouldn’t burn and have seen it before in other church and house fires.”
This reflects some thinking in the church too, the kind of superstition that ends up somehow canonical. It usually lends the physical Bible, the actual book, some kind of power, making it a talisman of sorts.
I’ve heard people suggest you should stand on your Bible to demonstrate that you’re, um, standing on the Word; that you should put a Bible under your pillow to ward off bad dreams; that the Bible can stop bullets. And maybe those last two have happened. I’m not putting them beyond God’s power but that’s just it, isn’t it? When we expect some stock response from God when we do some standard action, we’re getting dangerously close to a witchy Christianity.
H/t to ChristianityToday.com’s Weblog.