According to a recent poll, only 16% of young adults in the U. S. consider the Bible to be the authoritative word of God. That number has been steadily declining.
Large chunks of the evangelical community are now reassessing the Bible and coming to see it as something less than the ultimate authority in their faith. I never hear of liberal groups working backwards into the Bible as the word of God.
What will become of the faith if the Bible comes to be viewed mostly as ancient literature instead of the authoritative voice of the faith? At this time we don’t know.
Even now, few people read the Bible outside of worship. For whatever reason, there is not the interest their once was.
In my opinion, society has outlasted the Bible. The larger society is now less able and less interested in the fanciful stories and judgemental text.
We know, of course, doubt began from day one in Christianity. Jesus preached the end would come momentarily. When it didn’t happy, the faith began to drop this prediction from it message. Some Jews did not believe Jesus was the one. Believers have never come up with enough evidence to seal the deal.
Treating the Bible as an authoritative tome is helpful for lots of people and, certainly, that will continue. The question is about its influence in the country’s politics and culture.
My guess is belief lite will become more popular as time goes on.