In the episode Jaynestown, Shepherd Book finds River editing his Bible in order to remove the contradictions.
Book: ‘River you don’t fix the Bible!’
River: ‘It’s broken, it doesn’t make sense!’
Book: ‘It’s not about making sense. It’s about believing in something. And letting that belief be real enough to change your life. It’s about faith. You don’t fix faith, River. It fixes you.’
Commenting on this dialogue, and on the relationship between Simon and River, Alyson Buckman writes:
‘Ironically, River is like the Bible – she “doesn’t make sense,” and her brother attempts to fix her as she attempts to fix the Bible. As Book says about the Bible, the crew of Serenity must come to have faith in River, which they do by the end of [the episode] “Objects in Space.”’Buckman, AR, ‘Much Madness is Divinest Sense’ in Wilcox, R & Cochran, TR (editors), Investigating Firefly and Serenity: Science Fiction on the Frontier, (London: I.B. Tauris,2008) p.46.