The savage text: the use and abuse of the bible by Adrian Thatcher

By Adrian Thatcher

Misuse of the Bible has made hatred holy. during this provocative booklet, Adrian Thatcher argues that debates on sexuality presently raging during the church buildings are the newest outbreak in a protracted line of savage interpretations of the Bible. attention-grabbing studying for someone occupied with the way forward for Christianity.A provocative ebook claiming that debates on sexuality at the moment raging in the course of the church buildings are the newest outbreak in a protracted line of savage interpretations of the BibleArgues that the Bible has been abused to transform the “good information” which it brings to the realm, into one that has been used to discriminate opposed to many teams, together with teenagers, girls, Jews, humans of colour, slaves, heretics, and homosexualsAsks how Christians were in a position to behavior, in public and on a world scale, an issue that has uncovered quite a bit prejudice, worry and hatredOffers another, devoted and peaceful examining of the Bible, drawing on a number of examples throughoutBreaks new floor in debates approximately sexual ethics and biblical interpretation

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Is it not truly astonishing that political, moral, and religious censure can be brought to bear on sexual minorities on the basis of such “evidence”? We do not inhabit the thought world where angels drop in for dinner, or get hassled by gangs of predatory men, or eye up nubile earthly women and have sex with them. Women sexually attractive to men have more trouble deflecting the male gaze and the predatory practices of earthlings than with staving off angels. Staving off randy angels was the New Testament argument for wearing the veil (1 Corinthians 11:10).

How has the infinite grace of God impacted upon their real lives? Reading the Bible after Slavery Let us now think about these three alternatives. I take it that Christians no longer justify the owning of slaves whatever the Bible says. ”28 By the end of the century, though, it was completely forbidden by that Church. indd 50 5/23/2008 12:07:30 PM The Bible, Racism, and Slavery one of the signs of change. The argument of this book is that the Bible is constantly in danger of being converted into a savage text by its readers.

The Savage Text: The Use and Abuse of the Bible. Adrian Thatcher © 2008 Adrian Thatcher. ”: The Bible, Racism, and Slavery This chapter examines how some Bible passages have been enlisted by Bible readers in support of two great evils: racism and slavery. It then asks how these interpretations happened, and how other, comparably disastrous, interpretations can be avoided. The Bible and Racism How has the Bible been used in order to account for the presence in the world of different races of people, especially black people?

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