By Roland Boer
What's the destiny for the Bible, essentially the most vital books on this planet? during this manifesto, Roland Boer explores the concept the Bible is an unruly and uncontrollable textual content that has been colonized by means of church, synagogue, and nation. Powerfully argues that the Bible should be rescued from its abuse by way of the spiritual and political correct Considers the heritage of progressive readings of the Bible, from Gerrard Winstanley to the current Urges a job for the Bible in a brand new "worldly left": an alliance among the non secular and secular left that could advertise extra revolutionary readings of the textual content Concludes via providing a "political fable" from the Bible that condemns oppression, imagines a greater society and celebrates the biblical issues of competition and chaos.
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Would that it were so now! It is a long time since such a version of Christianity was seen to be consistent with the political left, no matter how mild Wilberforce may have been. What has happened since is that the religious right has become the provider of moral and biblical justification for the political right, and it uses the Bible in order to do so. If Jesus were alive today, goes the argument, then despite all its sins he would still vote for the right. He simply would not condone abortion, gay rights, indigenous land claims, efforts to deal with climate change, and the supposed atheistic stance of what passes for the ‘left’.
As for the first point, I begin with a wonderful observation from Ernst Bloch, a leading Marxist philosopher of the twentieth century: ‘The Bible has always been the Church’s bad conscience’ (Bloch 1972: 21). For all his faults and failings, Bloch’s reading of the Bible in Atheism in Christianity is a model political reading. What does he mean by the statement that the Bible is the Church’s bad conscience? Simply that the Church and Synagogue are in the end profoundly uncomfortable with, indeed somewhat embarrassed by, the Bible.
Too many philosophical systems have attempted to laicize or secularize theology; that is, they have taken theological terms, emptied them of their theological content and then refilled them with secular content. What happens is that theology has a knack of sneaking in the back door in even more powerful forms. Now, Adorno has in mind philosophy, but the same applies to the study of the Bible. It is not merely the case that biblical scholars cannot keep their lives of faith separate from their secular scholarship; rather, the attempt to separate the two makes the effect of religious commitment on the scholarship even more powerful since it is now hidden.