Climate change is said to be impossible because of promises God made to Noah; Mosaic law from the Old Testament directs American government; creationism should be taught in schools; helping Syrians resist chemical weapons attacks is a sign of the end times—all of these arguments have been advanced by modern evangelical politicians and their brethren, yet none of them are supported in the Scriptures as they were originally written.The Bible is not the book many American fundamentalists and political opportunists think it is, or more precisely, what they want it to be.This is no longer a matter of personal or private faith.
Most of those discrepancies are little more than the handwritten equivalent of a typo, but that error was then included by future scribes.
The Barna Group, a Christian polling firm, found in 2012 that evangelicals accepted the attitudes and beliefs of the Pharisees—religious leaders depicted throughout the New Testament as opposing Christ and his message—more than they accepted the teachings of Jesus.
exploration here of the Bible’s history and meaning is not intended to advance a particular theology or debate the existence of God. At best, we’ve all read a bad translation—a translation of translations of translations of hand-copied copies of copies of copies of copies, and on and on, hundreds of times.
They appeal to God to save America from their political opponents, mostly Democrats.
They gather in football stadiums by the thousands to pray for the country’s salvation.
“Americans revere the Bible—but, by and large, they don’t read it,’’ wrote George Gallup Jr.