Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture 1300-1700 by Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker.
Resisting the typical, dry methods of contemporary scholarship, this powerful
examination revisits the biblical days of life-and-death conflict, struggles for
power between popes and kings, and secret alliances of intellectuals united by a
desire to pit worldly goals against the spiritual priorities of the church. This
account looks beyond the pretense of neutrality and objectivity often found in
secular study, and brings to light the appropriation of scripture by politically
motivated interpreters. Questioning the techniques taken for granted at divinity
schools worldwide, their origins are traced to the writings of Machiavelli and
Marsilio of Padua, the political projects of Henry VIII, Thomas Hobbes, and John
Locke, and the quest for an empire of science on the part of Descartes and
Spinoza. Intellectual and inspiring, an argument is made for bringing
Christianity back to biblical literacy.
This title will be available any day now, published by The Crossroad Publishing Company.