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Bible-basher

1. A derogatory term for a person who uses Christian beliefs or Bible passages to try to influence others' opinions. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. After Mary started spending more time with her church's youth group, her friends from school began to complain that she had become a bit of a Bible-basher.
2. A person who does not approve of the Bible or Christianity. Tired of Bill harassing her about her Christian faith, Joan finally said to him, "You don't have to be a Christian, but I refuse to stay friends with such an intolerant Bible-basher as yourself."

Bible-thumper

A derogatory term for a person who uses Christian beliefs or Bible passages to try to influence others' opinions. Primarily heard in US. After Mary started spending more time with her church's youth group, her friends from school began to complain that she had become a bit of a Bible-thumper

swear on a stack of Bibles

To make a very serious, solemn pledge, especially that one is telling the truth. A hyperbolic reference to the traditional act of placing one's hand on a Bible while taking an oath, such as before a court proceeding. Janet has sworn on a stack of Bibles that she wasn't the one to betray me, and I believe her. I swear on a stack of Bibles that if I have a chance to help your campaign, I will.
See also: Bible, of, on, stack, swear

the Bible Belt

A region in the United States noted for widespread belief in Christian fundamentalism, typically the Midwest and South. You can expect most politicians to attempt to court voters in the Bible Belt, but, as usual, they are careful about what they say there.
See also: belt, Bible

swear on a stack of Bibles

 and swear on one's mother's grave
to state something very earnestly, pledging to tell the truth. (~ a Stack of Bibles refers in an exaggerated way to swearing to tell the truth in court by placing one's hand on a Bible.) I swear on a stack of Bibles that I am telling the truth. Of course, I'm telling the truth. I swear on my mother's grave!
See also: Bible, of, on, stack, swear

Bible belt

An area noted for religious fundamentalism; specifically, parts of the American South and Midwest. For example, You wouldn't dare try to sell a sex manual in the Bible belt. This term alludes to the prevalence of evangelical revivals, strict morals, belief in the literal truth of the Bible, and similar traits. [c. 1920]
See also: belt, Bible

swear on a stack of Bibles

Promise solemnly that what one is about to say is true, as in I swear on a stack of Bibles that I had nothing to do with his dropping out. This term alludes to the practice of placing one's hand on a sacred object while taking an oath, which dates from the mid-10th century. It is still followed in courts of law where a witness being sworn to tell the truth places a hand on the Bible. [Mid-1800s]
See also: Bible, of, on, stack, swear

swear on a stack of Bibles

If someone swears on a stack of Bibles that something is true, they emphasize their promise that it is true. Our leaders swore on a stack of Bibles there was plenty of oil, and, of course, we wanted to believe them.
See also: Bible, of, on, stack, swear

swear on a stack of Bibles

in. to make a very solemn pledge of one’s honesty. (Folksy. Official oaths are sometimes taken with one hand on a Bible. This phrase implies that more Bibles make an even stronger oath.) I swear on a stack of Bibles that I was in Atlanta on the night of January sixteenth.
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The incident inspired Charles and others to form the Bible Society in 1804.
Gerrit van Steenbergen a translations consultant from the United Bible Societies (1999), a Church leaders' workshop held in Okahandja (2011) and by Linda Jordan, a linguist from Wycliffe Bible Translators (2013).
The group also said that one in five children do not realise that the Noah's Ark and Adam and Eve stories are from the Bible, a third do not know that The Good Samaritan and David and Goliath are from the book, and well over half are none the wiser that Samson and Delilah and Jonah and The Whale are religious tales.
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Opening Doors to Discipleship -- an online Bible course, available at openingdoorstodiscipleship.
No, the Bible is the Church's Book and the only way to understand it is from within the Church.
Joseph Vaniamthara who conceptualised this miniature Bible, it is for the first time that such a Bible has caught the attraction of the people and is useful as it can be carried anywhere very easily.
The illuminated Bible has been produced with the techniques used by medieval monks who copied the Bible before the printing press was invented, only this version is in English with modern images.
The Bible is a modest copy: the title on the white cover is brassy, the paper coarse, and the colour photographs pallid.
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Societies and organizations that promote interaction with the Bible understand the challenge they have in conveying this ancient text to a postmodern audience.
Stephen Lang puts his religion degree to the test in The Quick-Start Beginner's Guide to the Bible, a no-nonsense, easy-to-understand resource for readers of all backgrounds who need to swiftly familiarize themselves with the basics of what the Bible is about, where it came from, and why it is relevant today.