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Dr. Angela Parker Talks ‘If God Still Breathes, Why Can’t I?’ and the Abuse of Biblical Authority

In If God Still Breathes, Why Can’t I?: Black Lives Matter and Biblical Authority biblical scholar Dr. Angela N. Parker argues that the Christian doctrines of inerrancy and infallibility have historically been abused to serve the purposes of a White patriarchy under the guise of biblical authority.

Parker, also an ordained clergy member, teaches New Testament and Greek at Mercer University’s School of Theology. As described on the university’s website, she “merges Womanist thought and postcolonial theory while reading biblical texts.”

In the following Q&A (held December 4), Parker breaks down the themes explored in her book, including how inerrancy and infallibility have been historically abused; the idea of Scripture being God-breathed and what that implies for believers; and how communal memory is presented in the Bible and should impact society today.

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Nicola A. Menzie
Nicola A. Menzie
Nicola A. Menzie a religion reporter whose bylines have appeared on the websites of the Religion News Service, The Christian Post, CBS News and Vibe magazine. Nicola is the Managing Editor at You can find her on Twitter @namenzie. Email: nicola.menzie (at)

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