What Do the Bible and 50 Shades of Grey Have in Common?

Written by: Dr. Whitaker, Head of School

The American Library Association recently released its 10 most challenged (asked to be removed) books of 2015. For the first time in history, the Bible was on the list. Also on the list was 50 Shades of Grey, the controversial novel written by E.L. James. How could two drastically different texts both be present on the same banned book list? Our culture increasingly finds the teachings of Christ to be offensive.

Rachel Barach, the Bible Gateway general manager, says, “This isn’t the Bible’s first brush with banishment. The Bible has been criticized, challenged, and banned by individuals, groups, and governments through centuries of persecution.”

Director of Communications at the American Bible Society, Andrew Hood, adds, “The Bible—the most-translated and best-selling book of all time—has informed centuries of literature, government, philosophy, and social behavior. To exclude it from public libraries and schools would be to diminish access to the most influential book of all time.”

This week we purchased a new copy of the Bible and it will remain prominently displayed in The First Academy library. We do this as a reminder of the centrality of Scripture in all that we do on our campus.

We believe and will teach our students that the Bible is a “lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path” (Psalm 119:105). It is God’s inspired Word, containing the most important story ever told.The Bible leads men and women to turn from their sinfulness and place their trust in Jesus Christ (John 3:16).


Steve Whitaker, Ph.D.
Head of School

To read more about the most challenged books from a Christian perspective, visit