Storytelling, Bad Bible, And Your True Self Identity
Kalinda Rose Stevenson, Ph.D. is the Bad Bible Detective.
Detectives investigate crimes. Crime is a familiar word with a specific meaning. In common law, a crime is an action that causes harm to the whole society. Crimes are not just personal injuries. They are actions considered harmful to the society as a whole.
Good detectives attempt to identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent. They look for evidence to identify the perpetrators. They look for cover-ups, planted evidence, and suspicious circumstances, so that justice can be done.
Kalinda investigates a particular type of crime—the theft of your true self identity by Bad Bible. The Bible itself is not “bad.” It is misuse of the Bible that turns it into Bad Bible. The Bible becomes Bad Bible when it is used as a weapon to harm the innocent, the powerless, the vulnerable.
How does the Bible become Bad Bible? The method is actually very simple. All anyone has to do is change the original Bible stories into new stories. The new stories then change the way you think and the way you act and the way you think about your identity.
Kalinda’s particular focus is on the effect of Bible translations on stories and how those changed stories change your identity.
She earned her Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, in cooperation with the University of California at Berkeley and is a former teacher of university and theological seminary students. She carefully investigates translations of familiar Bible stories to show how often what people believe “the Bible says” is the result of misleading translations. Her goal is to do what the best detectives do—to identify the ones who have committed crimes and to set the innocent free.
This goal brings together three distinct elements: storytelling, Bible, and true self identity.
Does The Bible Really Say That? Series shows why small translation decisions matter to your life.
She focuses on the impact of Bible translations on what people believe “the Bible says” on any topic. Bible believers study the Bible as the authoritative guide to their lives. Non-believers quote the Bible to ridicule its claims or denounce its relevance to contemporary life. Both believers and non-believers alike use the language of “the Bible says…” to make their claims.
Does The Bible Really Say That? focuses on the blind spot in such language. Unless readers are able to read the Bible in its original languages, all of these claims about “what the Bible says…” are based on translations of ancient documents. The result is that original meanings get lost in translation. What “the Bible says” in its original languages is not always what translations claim that “the Bible says…”
The series provides a way to undo the harm done to innocent people by mistranslated, misquoted, and misunderstood Bible verses.
The books in this series are not typical Bible studies and they do not promote or deny faith in any part of the Bible, Jesus, or God. Instead, they intend to refute unbiblical claims about the Bible that are often accepted without challenge as biblical by believers and non-believers alike.
Since storytelling is at the heart of the process of creating identity, she also writes about writing in her Book Writing Made Simple Series.
True Self Identity
The third element is self identity and the freedom to be your true self.
Kalinda’s Central Site
This site connects Kalinda’s other websites on particular topics into one common quest to overcome limiting beliefs that block you from becoming your true self.
Kalinda currently resides with her husband in the Las Vegas area of Nevada.