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From 'Huck Finn' to Hosea: Why We Should READ Rather Than Remove Old Books

Rachel Dawson - Opinion : Feb 14, 2018 : Christian Headlines

ďThe Bible isnít a sanitized story. It doesnít shy away from telling the truth of who we are as a human race, even when itís painful, shameful, ugly, and controversial. But arenít we better for reading it?†... Donít we ...†find ourselves in the pages, realizing our own tendencies to sin, harm others, and fall short of all that God has intended for us? I think the works of classic literature in question do much of the same thingóthey give us opportunities to engage with the realness of humanity and grapple with what it means for us today.Ē

[] Remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird or Huckleberry Finn in school? Theyíre esteemed works of classic literature, but students in a Minnesota school district will no longer be required to read them, according to a recent article on†Fox News. The reason? Both include the ďn-word.Ē (Photo Credit: Christian Headlines)

Itís a decision I can understand, but itís not one I agree with. (Iím in no way defending the word, or arguing for using it, so hear me out.)

Iím an avid reader personally, devouring hundreds of books each year from a wide variety of authors. Iíve read many of the classics, including these two, andÖ

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