Eric Seibert has written a guest post on Pete Enns’ blog in which he says things like this:
[I]f we are going to keep the Bible from harming others, we need to learn to have problems with it. We need to protest what is objectionable and condemn what is immoral. Otherwise, we run the risk of perpetuating the violent legacy of Scripture by making the “good book” behave in very bad ways.
The conservative Evangelical reaction against what Seibert wrote has already begun. But note the basis for the response I linked to from Owen Strachan. Seibert has violated the statement of faith of Messiah College.Conservative Evangelicals elevate their doctrines about the Bible above the Bible itself, so that it is not allowed to say what it says, but only what they have determined in advance it is allowed to say.
How long can this be kept up, and people still believe that the conservatives are the defenders of Scripture, rather than a group that has taken the Bible hostage and keeps it under guard? But take heart. The Bible is in fact not constrained by their prison cells, because it has never had the size and shape they insist it does, and so it has never fit within the walls of their prison.