Anyone interested in biblical scholarship might like to read a review of the latest book by Hector Avalos at http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=6354
Avalos is a respected Havard trained biblical scholar at Iowa State.
Here's the general thrust of his latest book: "... academic biblical
scholarship has clearly succeeded in showing that the ancient
civilization that produced the Bible held beliefs about the origin,
nature, and purpose of the world and humanity that are fundamentally
opposed to the views of modern society. The Bible is thus largely
irrelevant to the needs and concerns of contemporary human beings....
Avalos argues that our world is best served by leaving the Bible as a
relic of an ancient civilization instead of the 'living' document most
religionist scholars believe it should be. He urges his colleagues to
concentrate on educating the broader society to recognize the
irrelevance and even violent effects of the Bible in modern life."
Originally posted by Russell Hobson