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 Not Exist”: The dubious hermeneutics of inerrancy

Chapter 3: “Inerrancy Stunts Your Growth”: Why criticize inerrancy?

Chapter 4: “Yahweh’s Ascendancy”: Polytheism in pre-exile Israel

Chapter 5: “Making Yahweh Happy”: Baal’s blazing babies

Chapter 6: “Blessing the Nations”: The God-sized hole in the Conquest narratives

Chapter 7: “The Shepherd and the Giant”: Slaying a tall tale with a slingshot

Chapter 8: “Jesus Was Wrong”: Apocalyptic contortions Part 1, Part 2

Chapter 9: “Textual Interventions”: Making excuses for your alcoholic uncle

Chapter 10: “Into the Looking Glass”: Peer reviewing the biblical authors

For more discussion of this material and to hear Thom’s answers to some lingering questions, please note this interview with him on the [ad hoc] Christianity Podcast.

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  • atimetorend

    I think you should consider including a link to your [ad hoc] interview with Mr. Stark…

    • Good suggestion. Done!

      • atimetorend

        Cool, I enjoyed the interview a lot, will leave a comment there when I have a moment to gather my thoughts.

  • Steve, this was a great series. I was reading Stark’s book at the same time you were blogging through it and it was really helpful to hear another perspective as I tried to digest it all. Now I’m really interested to hear what other biblical scholars have to say about the book. Are you aware of any other critical reviews (by people worth listening to)?

  • Thanks, Steve, for the very thorough review of the book and for this index to all its constituent parts.

    Whether consciously or not, Thom seems to have followed the pattern of Bart Ehrman who popularizes concepts which are not considered controversial by many in the academy but will be considered controversial by many in the church. The outcome is similar as well, which is a book full of admonitions to cling to bathwater instead of the Baby.

    It seems to me that Thom means well, but he seems to challenge those who say 2 + 2 = 5 by insisting that 2 + 2 = 3.

    • A sterling diagnosis, Mike. Makes just the amount of sense one would expect from someone who hasn’t read the book.

      I’ve read yours, by the way.