Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk?
:The apostle Paul was kind of a jerk. He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on...
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:The apostle Paul was kind of a jerk.He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others. Or was he?Randolph Richards and Brandon O'Brien explore the complicated persona and teachings of the apostle Paul. Unpacking his personal history and cultural context, they show how Paul both offended Roman perspectives and scandalized Jewish sensibilities. His vision of Christian faith was deeply disturbing to those in his day and remains so in ours.Paul behaved badly, but not just in the ways we might think. Take another look at Paul and see why this "worst of sinners" dares to say, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ."
Brandon J. OBrien works at Leadership journal as assistant editor and writer for their popular blog, Out of Ur. Leadership is read by 70,000 pastors and church leaders. Brandon holds a BA from Ouachita Baptist University and an MA in church history from Wheaton College. He served as pastor of two small congregations right out of college. Brandon lives in the western suburbs of Chicago and is the author of The Strategically Small Church: Intimate, Nimble, Authentic, and Effective.
E. Randolph Richards (M.Div. and Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Dean of the School of Ministry and Professor of Biblical Studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida. He is co-author of Rediscovering Paul: An Introduction to His Life and Work, and The Story of Israel: A Biblical Theology; and author of Paul and First-Century Letter Writing and The Secretary in the Letters of Paul. He has frequently served as an interim pastor, and as a missionary with the International Mission Board, SBC in East Indonesia where he served for eight years as a faculty member and consultant at an Indonesian seminary.
- :prefaceintroduction: The Problems With Paul1. Paul Was Kind Of A Jerk2. Paul Was A Killjoy3. Paul Was A Racist4. Paul Supported Slavery5. Paul Was A Chauvinist6. Paul Was Homophobic7. Paul Was A Hypocrite8. Paul Twisted Scriptureconclusion: Should We Be Following Paul?notesauthor Indexsubject Indexscripture Index