How many man hours over the past thousand years have been spent reading the Bible, teaching it and discussing it? The number would have many zeros.
The Bible is such a central part of Christianity it is hard to imagine the faith without it. But, there must have been hundreds or thousands of faiths before writing and parchment.
With so much preoccupation in the Bible, it is inseparable from the faith. Christianity became popular because it stumbled into history just at the right time. Had a Jesus character in a religious story died before writing and parchment, and many god figures probably did, we never would have heard about it.
Preoccupation with the Bible causes a failure to recognize how insignificant the Christian faith is in the history of humans. I have the impression many have come to believe the history of man began during Biblical times.
Even the cave drawings date from 30,000 years ago are relatively recent in the known history of mankind.
The appeal of Christian writing is its focus on the “me”, the god knows me. By extension, there is focus on the “us”, we who share in the experience of reading the Bible are special people in the history of human kind.
Just as parchment and paper replaced writing on cave walls, something will replace paper. Today, it seems like it will be the electronic impulse I am using.
It will be hard for the electronic impulse to hold the same sway over believers.