Paul Copan and the epic fail known as “apologetics”

Thom Stark has just published an extensive critical review of Paul Copan’s recent book, Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God. Is Paul Copan a moral thinker? And I do mean “extensive”: by page count, the review is actually longer than the original book. But most messes take longer to clean up than […]

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The Bible’s ancient redactors were not as OCD as modern apologists

Critics of source criticism will inevitably be directed to stories such as the two creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2 or the story of a patriarch’s attempt to pass off his wife as his sister when passing through a powerful man’s territory. These types of scenarios are referred to as doublets, which are said […]

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The Human Faces of God: complete index

This is the complete listing of my chapter-by-chapter reviews of Thom Stark’s The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It) (Wipf and Stock, 2010). Foreword by John J. Collins and preface: Front matter Chapter 1: “The Argument”: Diversity in the theologies of biblical authors Chapter 2: “Inerrantists Do […]

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The Human Faces of God: polytheism in pre-exile Israel

Review: The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It) Author: Thom Stark Wipf and Stock, 2010 Chapter 4: “Yahweh’s Ascendancy” Stark describes this chapter as an overview of “how Israel’s theology mirrored the various theologies of their neighbors, and how it was adapted over time […]

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

The Human Faces of God: why criticize inerrancy?

Review: The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It) Author: Thom Stark Wipf and Stock, 2010 Chapter 3: “Inerrancy Stunts Your Growth” Now, this is one chapter I thoroughly enjoyed. Stark spends the greater part exposing and surgically excising the internal logic used to defend […]

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

The Human Faces of God: front matter

Thom Stark’s The Human Faces of God is a book whose major arguments are developed through an essentially deconstructive methodology. Its purpose amounts to an undeception, stripping away unwarranted and harmful assumptions. As Yale’s esteemed OT critical scholar John J. Collins admits in the foreword, “Many critics will want to portray Stark’s book as negative, as […]

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Upcoming review series: The Human Faces of God

This week I received my copy of Thom Stark‘s new book, The Human Faces of God in the mail. Please stay tuned for what I hope will be a chapter-by-chapter review (my first ever–wish me luck!). Here’s the publisher’s blurb: Does accepting the doctrine of biblical inspiration necessitate belief in biblical inerrancy? The Bible has […]

Thursday, October 28th, 2010