Among those working on this topic is my friend Eric Seibert who teaches at Messiah College. Eric's most recent work on the topic is The Violence of Scripture: Overcoming the Old Testaments Troubling Legacy (Fortress, 2012). I began reading the book this past weekend and look forward to learning more from Eric.
In the mean time, Eric will be doing a three part series on Pete Enn's blog. Here is a bit of what Eric has to say. I hope this is enough to entice you to read the rest.
Most Christians would attribute this misuse of the Bible to faulty interpretations and misguided interpreters. And this certainly is part of the problem. But, unfortunately, the problem runs deeper than this. It runs right through the pages of Scripture itself.
To put it bluntly: not everything in the “good book” is either good, or good for us. I realize this may sound blasphemous to some people and flies in the face of everything they have been taught to believe about the Bible. When the Church grandly proclaims the Bible to be the Word of God, it gives the impression that the words of Scripture are above critique and beyond reproach. We are taught to read, revere, and embrace the Bible. We are not taught to challenge its values, ethics, or portrayals of God.
Read the rest of the post here.