Misuse of the Bible has made hatred holy. In this provocative book, Adrian Thatcher argues that debates on sexuality currently raging through the churches are the latest outbreak in a long line of savage interpretations of the Bible. Fascinating reading for anyone concerned about the future of Christianity.* A provocative book claiming that debates on sexuality currently raging through the churches are the latest outbreak in a long line of savage interpretations of the Bible* Argues that the Bible has been abused to convert the "good news" which it brings to the world, into one which has been used to discriminate against many groups, including children, women, Jews, people of color, slaves, heretics, and homosexuals* Asks how Christians have been able to conduct, in public and on a global scale, an argument that has exposed so much prejudice, fear and hatred* Offers an alternative, faithful and peaceable reading of the Bible, drawing on numerous examples throughout* Breaks new ground in debates about sexual ethics and biblical interpretation
Adrian Thatcher is Professorial Research Fellow in Applied Theology at the University of Exeter, UK. He is the author of numerous books, including: Theology and Families (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007); The Guide to Christian Marriage and to Getting Married in Church (2003); Living Together and Christian Ethics (2002); Celebrating Christian Marriage (ed., 2001); Marriage after Modernity: Christian Marriage in Postmodern Times (1999); People of Passion (with Elizabeth Stuart, 1997); Liberating Sex: A Christian Sexual Theology (1993); and Truly a Person, Truly God (1990).
Acknowledgments. Part I: What Is "The Savage Text"? 1. The "Savage Text"? The Bible as an Idol? The Manifesto of "The Savage Text" The Argument of the Book. 2. "Vile Affections": The Bible and Homosexuality. Morality or Ideology? A Guidebook for Sexual Behavior? A Man Needs a Woman? When is Exegesis Homophobic? Part II: The Savage Text at Work. 3. "Cursed by Canaan!": The Bible, Racism, and Slavery. The Bible and Racism. The Bible and Slavery. Reading the Bible after Slavery. 4. "The Great Day of Wrath": The Bible and the End. "Man of War" or "Prince of Peace"? "Rapture" or Rupture? Great Tribulation or American Tribalism? 5. "Take Now Thy Son": The Bible and Children. Jesus and Children. Putting Jesus First. 6. "Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch to Live": The Bible, Jews, and Women. The Bible and Anti-Semitism. The Bible and Misogyny. Learning from the Legacy? Part III: Beyond the Text: Faith in the Triune God. 7. Faith in the Book or Faith in God? The Scripture Principle. Hooker and the Middle Way. "Lost Christianities" and New "Heresies" 8. On Not Being a "People of the Book" The Personalization of the Book. "Dis-solving" the Problem of Authority. Some Principles for a Peaceful Reading of the Bible. Conclusion. Glossary. Bibliography. Index of Scriptural Citations. General Index.
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