The Human Faces of God
Just started the extremely well be-blurbed book, The Human Faces of God: What Scripture Reveals When it Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries To Hide It) by the extremely cooley named Thom Stark, Wipf&Stock, 2010
From the beginning it is clear to me, this book will be dynamite for some, exploding naive faith to smithereens. I hope that it will be as constructive for conservatives, as I read on, as it is brilliant in outlining the difficulties in scripture. There probably won't be too much in these pages that will surprise biblical scholars. The sort of problems he outlines we have had to not only "live with" but also constructively negotiate for many moons, and it is one reason why I struggle with some forms of simplistic apologetics which is ultimately dishonest (or uninformed). But I must admit, I have still learnt a fair bit from his overviews of problems relating to Daniel.
I had the task of lecturing about the Histories recently, about matters that could cause a few problems for those of simplistic faith fed on certain apologetics. How to talk about the conquest and the theological dispute between the Deuteronomist Historian and other canonical texts, in a way that is both challenging AND constructive? I think I just about managed, but we need to equip the church to be able to tackle these issues, without dodging or fear, and I hope I am going to find Thom Stark a useful aid in this process.