Neal Jones: A Liberal Book (October 28, 2012) <br><br>What saved Unitarians and Universalists from Biblical literalism, however, was their insistence on interpreting the scriptures with reason, which led them to embrace the scholarly study of the Bible known as Biblical criticism. ... <br><br>Biblical scholarship destroys Biblical infallibility and inerrancy. A scholarly study of the Bible reveals that there are no original texts of the Bible in existence. All we have are copies made years later, usually centuries later, that are actually copies of copies of copies, and they are all filled with errors, inconsistencies, contradictions, and intentional changes made over the centuries by scribes and editors. ... What we learn from Biblical scholarship is that the books of the Bible were written by different authors at different times in different places to address different audiences with different needs. … What I am sharing with you are not some radical, wild-eyed theories from fringe Biblical scholars. The field of Biblical textual studies is over 300 years old. What I am sharing with you is the consensus of mainstream Biblical scholarship across denominations and across the conservative-liberal divide. What I am sharing with you is what I learned at a Southern Baptist seminary. <br><br>What I and many of my seminary colleagues learned the hard way was that we could not share what we had learned in seminary with our congregations because they did not want to hear it, and if you tried to share it, you would find yourself without a church. A seminary education is the best kept secret of many ministers from their congregations. I am grateful that I do not have to keep that secret here.