Critically thinking about the faith is not equivalent to criticizing the faith, as some may think, although that may be part of critical thinking. Rather, thinking critically about the faith is to continue to ask questions, to inquire about the history of the faith, its present relevancy, and its future hopes. It is also to admit its flaws and weaknesses with honesty and transparency.
The popular idea that God wrote the Bible for me needs to be stamped out.
That second one especially — I can’t agree more. Yes, scripture speaks to us today, but if we ignore the very different cultural backgrounds of the humans who wrote it down and edited it, we miss a lot of its meaning.