This thought-provoking book asks whether the Bible can still be considered divinely-inspired and whether its moral code has relevance today, before going on to examine the Old and New Testaments in detail and to assess how much of them remains acceptable to the unbiased reader. The concluding chapter argues that the church must set aside its traditional view of the Bible as its holy book if it is to grow into adulthood and present a Christianity that is both contemporary and credible. It proposes that the church, as also the individual, may find a new lease of life in freeing itself from the constraints of ‘holy scripture’ and in evolving a new form of non-exclusive Christianity that is adaptable to changes in science, psychology, secular law and society.
The book is written from the perspective of the Christian Agnostic who finds it impossible to reconcile large parts of the Bible – and the doctrines that flow from it – with modern thought. It is not an unmitigated attack on the church or the Bible. On the contrary, it represents a positive recommendation for change.
The book is not intended for the scholar or the specialist reader. It is written for the general reader who has an interest in contemporary Christianity and its future – and, indeed, in whether Christianity can be said to have a future at all.
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Jim Vincent is a writer, poet and painter living in South Oxfordshire, England. Although he has been a member of the Church of England for over 40 years (often on the periphery) he questions whether it is possible to be a Christian in the 21st century. In ‘Should the Church Abandon the Bible?’ he attempts to answer that question. He is married to a professional oboist and has a passionate love of music. For many years he was a member of the Liszt Society Council in the UK, and has played a prominent part in promoting the music of Liszt to a wider audience.