- Powerfully argues that the Bible needs to be rescued from its abuse by the religious and political right
- Considers the history of revolutionary readings of the Bible, from Gerrard Winstanley to the present
- Urges a role for the Bible in a new "worldly left": an alliance between the religious and secular left that can promote more progressive readings of the text
- Concludes by offering a "political myth" from the Bible that condemns oppression, imagines a better society and celebrates the biblical themes of opposition and chaos.
About the Author
Table of ContentsPreface.
1. The New Secularism.
2. The Worldly Left: Towards a Politics of Alliance.
3. Bad Conscience: Battles Over the Bible.
4. (Ab)using the Text: Conflicts in Politics and Science.
5. Making All Things New: The Revolutionary Legacy of the Bible.
6. Rescuing the Bible.
Index of Subjects.
Index of Biblical References
What People are Saying About This
"I have dreamed of a project like this, a project of our time that would offer a manifesto to those of us who refuse to allow the Bible to be co-opted and controlled by right-wing and reactionary forces." –Gerald West, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
"Roland Boer presents a lively, thoughtful, and compelling call for an alliance of the secular and religious left to take back the Bible from the religious and political right. In a brilliant analysis of both the current political landscape and the development and use of the Bible, he illuminates the liberative effects and potential at the core of the Bible." –Richard Horsley, University of Massachusetts