People lie about reading all the time. We want to seem educated and well-read, but we don’t want to put in the actual time to make it through all those books that everyone is talking about.
But Christians are not immune to the temptation to lie about books. In fact, we may be even more prone to say we’ve read books we haven’t.
There are some books that are such a part of Christian culture, we do not want to feel isolated from others, so we fudge our way around not having actually made it through the book.
Here are the seven books that every Christian lies about reading.
Institutes Of The Christian Religion – Everybody wants to be a Calvinist, but no one wants to make it all the way through Calvin’s Institutes. Sure, you may own it or have it own your Kindle, but not many have finished it, regardless of their theology.
The Brothers Karamazov – The Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky is quoted in virtually every educated, cultured Christian book. But, man, that is one long book. Can I just assume “Karamazov” is Thor and Loki’s last name and watch an Avengers movie?
The Silmarillion – The Lord of the Rings is on the overall list of books everyone lies about, but I’m going to assume you at least made it that far. Then you got to The Silmarillion, the creation story of Middle Earth, got a few pages into it and realized Peter Jackson would never make that into a movie.
Mere Christianity – Do you know how sad this makes me to put this on the list? But I’ve been amazed at how many people haven’t actually read C.S. Lewis’ apologetic masterpiece. I’m just going to move along before I start to openly weep.
Harry Potter – This is on the list for a different reason. Christians lie about reading the Harry Potter books, but we lie and say we didn’t read them. “No, pastor I would never read about that witchcraft … *quietly mumbles* Gryffindor rules!”
A book – Just any old book. At all. Ever. Who has the time to squeeze reading in what with all the other important things happening and having to dust the shelves and organize my socks?
The Bible – Yeah, I went there. Of course, we believe it’s God’s Word, but it’s not quite important enough to read from start to finish. Besides, why would we need to read it – didn’t the Survivor guy and Touched By An Angel lady make a TV miniseries about it. Can’t I just watch that?
For me, I have read the entirety of three of this list, started three others and have not started one at all. How did you do on this list?
What other books do Christians often say they’ve read without ever actually making it all the way through?