The Savage Text: The Use and Abuse of the Bible

The Savage Text: The Use and Abuse of the Bible

Author(s): Adrian Thatcher

Published Online: 24 FEB 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405170161

Online ISBN: 9781444302691

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302691

About this Book

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

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: What Is “The Savage Text”?

  2. Part II: The Savage Text at Work

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  3. Part III: Beyond the Text: Faith in the Triune God

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