God died because people forgot how to read. With a sharp irony, the Bible was pinched between two forgettings. From one side the Bible was -- and is in many quarters today -- treated as so sacred as to be dictated word for word by God so that the Bible is totally unlike anything else we read. From the other side, the Bible was -- and is in many quarters today -- subjected to heavy interpretive equipment, and like other writing the Bible gets shielded from the clear light of that original and most wonderful of a child's requests, "Read me a story." When the life is squeezed out of the Bible, from whatever direction, when the Bible is exiled from "the space between" into the extremes of "we know all about it" or "this can never be," the living God can no longer be found there.
- Patrick Henry, The Ironic Christian's Companion: Finding the Marks of God's Grace in the World (New York: Riverhead Books, 1999), p. 70.