While the Holy Bible has been considered as inviolable for over two thousand years, the hard truth is that millions of Christian Agnostics simply cannot relate to it as a guide to faith in the 21st century. One of those individuals is writer, poet and artist Jim Vincent.
But don’t mistake the intention behind his new book, ‘Should the Church Abandon the Bible?’ It’s not an unmitigated attack on the Church or the Bible; but instead a positive, exciting proposal for change.
Jim Vincent’s ‘Should the Church Abandon the Bible?’ reaches out to the millions of Christian Agnostics who want to explore their faith, yet find it impossible to reconcile the Bible with modern thought. Using a non-academic approach that any reader can relate to, Vincent proposes a departure from the constraints of book-bound “holy scripture”, to a new form of non-exclusive Christianity that is adaptable to changes in science, psychology, secular law and society.
In this thought-provoking and challenging book, Jim Vincent asks whether it is possible to accept the bible as a basis for faith in the 21st century without forgoing the use of our sense, reason and intellect. And is it reasonable for the church to continue to claim the bible as the ‘Word of God’ and the foundation of its teachings? Vincent suggests that only by completely revising its stance on the bible can the church have a future. It must forge a new theology fit for the modern age and embark upon a bold and dynamic reformation. This may mean discarding many of its most cherished tenets and much of the bible itself. But ultimately this will enable the church – and the individual – to experience a new lease of life and to find new meaning in the Christian faith.
“This book isn’t in any way anti-Christian or anti-church,” explains the author. “It’s written for the millions of people who are both interested in and passionate about Christianity and its future, but who struggle to believe what the Church teaches and find much of the Bible unacceptable in this day and age.”
“My goal is to help find a way to ensure Christianity has a long-term future, and that it does not simply fade away into obscurity and irrelevance. If this is to happen, we must find a way to align the church and its teachings with the world we live in. Many find the Bible to be fascinating from an historical perspective, but cannot find a place for it as a guide to faith today. The church needs a new theology for a new age – and one that is compatible with contemporary science, psychology, secular law and society .”
About the book:
‘Should the Church Abandon the Bible?’ from aSys Publishing, is available now: https://amzn.to/2nnYJ7Z.
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: aSys Publishing (June 2, 2018)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
About the Author:
Jim Vincent is a writer, poet and painter living in South Oxfordshire, England. Although he has been a member of the Church of England for over 40 years, he questions whether it is possible to be a Christian in the 21st century. In ‘Should the Church Abandon the Bible?’ he attempts to answer that question. He is married to a professional oboist and has a passionate love of music. For many years he was a member of the Liszt Society Council in the UK, and has played a prominent part in promoting the music of Liszt to a wider audience.