I read a lot of blogs where there are discussions about various books in the Bible. It’s really interesting. I grew up in the Catholic tradition, and went to CCD when I was little from the time that I was in elementary school until about 8th grade, when I was confirmed. We had priests and nuns, with the priests being the primary person that conducted masses and took our confessions and did the marriages and last rites etc. They were also the primary interpreters of the Bible. During our education or indoctrination into the religion, however you want to look at it, we were never encouraged to read the Bible for ourselves in part because the tradition calls for someone to read and tell us what it says. Now that I think about it, that’s another reason I didn’t like Catholicism particularly. Taking away independent thought in some way, by keeping the masses in the dark, doesn’t quite sit right with me.