For many outside of the ordinary mainstream of the church, the crack opening the exit door was beginning to doubt the infallibility and the inerrancy of the Scripture. It has always strike me as slightly ironic that many Protestants view the Catholic belief of the infallibility of the Pope as completely ridiculous, yet can be entirely uncritical about the doctrine of infallibility of Scripture. If you take the view the Scripture isn't the fourth member of the Trinity, you're often quickly labelled an atheist among some fundamentalists who hold the Bible up as a God - but so be it, I suppose.
If you have skepticism about the authors of the Bible, about its infallibility, about the integrity of how its contents came to be the main conversation of the Church, what views are left to be had of the Bible? Should you join the Dawkins camp and dismiss it as superstitious fables to be thrown on the scrap-heap of history?
The Scriptures are our record of humanity's conversation with God. It is one part of a divine conversation - the human side. As such, we must be skeptical about its views and opinions, but we can also recognize it as part of our dialogue with the divine. It is not the Scriptures themselves that are divine, but that to which the Scripture points. As Marcus Borg puts it, the Bible is the finger pointing to the moon, don't mistake it for the moon.