I've been reading "Making Sense of the Bible" by Adam Hamilton, and while it's obvious that he has leanings a certain way, he addresses a lot of the topics on this thread. 1. Science stuff (if you can even call it that) in the Bible can't be trusted because most of the methodology to actually study it wasn't invented until the last 500 years, or even 50 years for DNA, etc. 2. Saying that all scripture is "God-breathed," to quote Paul, isn't the same as saying God wrote it or even that God moved the pen. Paul came up with the word (a portmanteau) to describe how HE felt about "scripture," and considering the New Testament wasn't compiled yet by Christians since he was writing it, it's both overly personal (he was saying that it inspired him, when others could be inspired by something else like nature, relationships, spoken words, etc.) and opinionated. So the stuff about women not having authority was more of a "right place, right time" lesson for a specific group of people, not a call to action for people almost 2000 years later. Hamilton calls it "reading someone else's mail." Really old mail. 3. What Crockett said in the original post basically holds true: putting the words of the book on the same level as the Trinity is kind of offensive to the Trinity. It's words. "Verbal, plenary inspiration," as Hamilton calls it, developed because Christians got tired of defending stuff that seemed indefensible, like why God tells the Hebrews to destroy their enemies and Jesus said to love enemies (because you can't mess with God's Word!). It was an overreaction that, to an extent, still rings with the more conservative sects of Christianity out there. And it was an overreaction created by men in modern times (post-1700), NOT Biblical men.