We can no longer think of the Bible as a helpful guide for humanity. It is full of contradictions. It is an engine of violence. At the same time it is a conversation stopper, and so, like totalitarianism, it shuts down the avenues to moral progress and human betterment.
That’s my summary of a perspective increasingly commonplace in popular culture. If you pay attention to the New Atheists and their ilk, you hear it a lot. And for anyone who loves the Bible, it’s a blow to the ear and the heart alike.