Does the Bible Really Say That?: Challenging our assumptions in the light of Scripture (Paperback)Mark Woods (author)
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 159 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 13 mm
Edition: New edition
Those who know Mark's fine writing for the Christian Today website will come to this book expecting a quality read. I did. But I was still surprised by the breadth and scope of his probing and analysis. Mark sets out an honest, careful, and challenging reflection on what many Christians believe, exposing all too often a view of God which is often 'theologically flawed and psychologically cruel'. In each chapter, he looks painstakingly at the mismatch of the way we live with what we think the Bible teaches - not least in the areas of evangelism and forgiveness. His wide range of references - Damien Hirst, A.C. Grayling, Isaac Asimov, G K Chesterton, Freud, Marx, Darwin, Corrie Ten Boom. Haydn's Creation, Matthew Arnold, Byron - offer unexpected illustrations of his arguments, and draw us into fascinating dialogue with others. His touchstone throughout remains the need for a fully authentic Christianity lived publicly in our age. And its sensible and sensitive conclusions offer a more biblical way forward than we often embrace. -- Elaine Storkey * Speaker and author *
Mark is a friend of mine and just like this book conversation with him always causes me to stop, reflect and reconsider my assumptions and see things in a fresh light. This book will do the same for you. I can't promise you will agree with all of his conclusions but I can promise your thinking will be richer for reading it. -- Krish Kandiah * Author, speaker and Principal of LST *
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