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
"Rescuing the Bible is deeply thoughtful and provocative, and it deserves to be widely read and
discussed by both scholars and layfolk, believers and nonbelievers, on the left and the right.”
(Biblical Interpretation, April 2010)
"There is an important focus here on how the bible can be read with an appropriate theological suspicion which will seek to discern how it can become life-giving while not ignoring its oppressive potential." (European Journal of Theology, April 2009)
- Explores the idea of the Bible as an unruly and uncontrollable text that has been colonized and abused by church, synagogue, and state, and questions what its future might be
- 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.