Since it can no longer be assumed that Bible readers come from a Christian background, a well-known New Testament scholar explores the Bible as the basis of western culture and civilisation, staking a claim for its relevance to people of other faiths and those who are not religious. He asks what the Bible contributes to an awareness of history and problem-solving in today's world and in search of an answer takes us on a quest to the historical sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. His approach affirms historical-critical research, the evolutionary view of nature, and the need to examine moral norms, but he also views the historical truth of the text as secondary to the Bible's distinctive and fundamental beliefs and motifs which he regards as indispensable for all human life and which must have priority. He identifies and summarises the core themes of Christianity which he regards as the issues best enabling us to engage in dialogue in a secular society, and four ways to use the Bible to support inter-faith dialogue. A contribution which will go some way to stimulate further thinking on an important issue though some readers may find themselves longing for a little less on biblical theory and more on culture.