This recent episode of CBC Ideas might be of interest to a few people here - @Shewmaker or @Jain perhaps. Not sure if you'll both AGREE with this point of view, but that's another matter, and I wouldn't mind hearing your take regardless.
Armstrong's own belief is that scripture needs to be enfolded
into the present, something capable of continued interpretation and
discovery. She argues that by seeing spiritual texts as ever-present
stories, we can return to a less literal — and therefore less
dangerous — way of understanding them.
"Too many believers and non-believers alike now read these sacred texts in a doggedly literal
manner," she writes."[It] is quite different from the more inventive and
mystical approach of premodern spirituality."
So while sacred texts don't prescribe specific moral acts, they do call us to act
morally, to reach for a better version of ourselves.
As she writes in The Lost Art of Scripture:
"We should all, perhaps, as a matter of urgency, reflect on the
Prophet's last speech to the ummah, which ended with a quotation from
the Quran in which God addresses the whole of humanity: 'O humankind, we
have created you all from a single male and a single woman, and formed
you into tribes and nations so that you may get to know one another'."
Here's a link to a downloadble version of the episode: http://21393.mc.tritondigital.com/CBC_IDEAS_P/media-session/1e528564-e252-4acb-8c9d-1d561b34e0c6/ideas-GRMSK4Oj-20200106.mp3