The Once and Future Scriptures: Exploring the Role of the Bible in the Contemporary Church

once and future scripturesCan we learn to take the Bible seriously without taking it literally, to be honest about its historical, literary and religious character? Can the Bible serve as a source of faith, hope, and wisdom? In this book, academic theologians engage in a public conversation about the kind of Bible we have. This is not a book of answers, but a dialogue about topics such as the relationship between science and religion, the authority of scripture, and the impact of critical biblical scholarship on liturgy.

Religion & Culture

“This collection of essays by Brisbane Anglican scholars, pastors and teachers . . . leads us deeper into both our treasured heritage and the future which God s Word is still creating. We are indebted to them.” —Phillip Aspinall, Archbishop of Brisbane, Anglican Church of Australia

“… a courageous and thoughtful attempt to meet the need for ever-new and ever-fresh encounters with the biblical text.” —Focus

“The seven essays in this collection, written by biblical scholars, theologians, and pastors, bring biblical theology into conversation with contemporary pastoral issues such as liturgy, formation for ministry, the Bible as a normative source for other theology, and the challenge posed by new science. This is a book not of answers, but of dialogue. It seeks to remedy the fragmentation of so much theological and pastoral thinking today. Though it was written for Anglicans in Australia, Christians of other denominations throughout the world struggle with the same questions and can benefit from the insights found here. The writing is crisp, the ideas are down-to-earth. This is a book that will appeal to a general audience.” —The Bible Today, July 2013


Publisher: Polebridge Press
Publication date: 2013
ISBN: 978-159815-120-6
E-book ISBN: 978-1-59815-121-3
Number of pages: 158
Format: Paperback

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