Recently, a writer urged Christians to follow God's word and vote against gay marriage, saying that your gay friends and mine "walk in darkness" and suggesting that more hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, mudslides, typhoons, and volcanos might befall us if we do not comply. Happily, Fundamentalism is not the only form Christianity takes. It also includes Modernism, Liberalism, Neo-Orthodoxy, Orthodoxy, and Conservatism. That names only the most developed stances and does not include individual interpretations of each of them. Apart from Fundamentalism, however, almost none of the other positions regards the Bible itself as divine revelation. Let me describe a traditional, orthodox Protestant understanding of the Bible by way of a detour through Islam.
Islam has no savior. Mohammed is merely a human prophet. Allah and the world, heaven and earth are reconciled by means of the Qur' an, a body of revelation in which Allah speaks in the first person and in Arabic. The Qur'an, the complete and flawless revelation, is the "Standing Miracle," the only miracle Islam officially recognizes. It is Islam's closest analogy to a savior. As others have observed, the Qur'an is, in effect, "God inlibriate, "that is, God in the form of a book. The similarities of this view to Fundamentalism are obvious. Christian Fundamentalism seems to push aside Christ as God's Word and replace him with a book or else it adds a 4th "person" to the Trinity. Either way, bibliolatry is the result.