As Christians, we are not supposed to read the Bible or the newspaper, but we are to read both (or watch the news).

The Bible and The News

A theologian named Karl Barth is typically given credit for saying, “We must hold the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.” However, his quote actually comes from an article in Times Magazine from May 1, 1966, which reads, “Take your Bible and take your newspaper, and read both. But interpret newspapers from your Bible.”

Karl Barth was NOT saying that the newspaper and the Bible should be treated equally, even though the first misquote implies that. Based off of the second quote, we can understand the heart of what he was really getting at. Here is my interpretation of what he meant: “Current events of the world should be understood through a biblical worldview.”

The Briefing with Albert Mohler

One of the ways that I personally accomplish this task laid forth by Karl Barth is by listening to The Briefing with Albert Mohler each day. You can learn more about The Briefing by clicking here, or you can subscribe to receive The Briefing each week day by clicking here.

I have a few friends in my circle that listen to The Briefing each day as well. After listening alone, discussing the content with others makes for great conversation.

How do you accomplish the task laid forth by Karl Barth of reading the Bible and the newspaper while interpreting the latter through the former?