You all claim not to be atheist fundamentalists, but then refuse to see the validity of the bible as anything but black and white. Because it contradicts itself it must be 100% crap? Why can't it be a series of accounts of real life events with mistakes in it, and sometimes even things that are made up?
The bible gives several accounts of the life of Jesus. Just because all the events and facts don't match doesn't mean everything is wrong. Their are plenty of other histories of people that contradict one another, but the rational thing to do is to try and sort out fact from fiction, not simply call it a house of cards and throw out all the facts.
You say that you are for inquiry and critical thinking, but when liberal Christians try to do that you judge them based on the same kind of fundamentalism that the right-wing Christians take to heart.
Fundamentalism is a bad thing, whether you are atheist, Christian, Muslim, or Pastafarian.