Who on Earth is God?: Making Sense of God in the Bible
How should we understand the God of the Bible? How do we make sense of God's apparently changing character in the Bible theologically? God is not obvious - unlike all the animate and inanimate objects which we can see around...
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How should we understand the God of the Bible? How do we make sense of God's apparently changing character in the Bible theologically? God is not obvious - unlike all the animate and inanimate objects which we can see around us. God does not appear to fulfill any useful purpose; what is God for or about? Is God just a mystery? Or a problem? Or both? In Who On Earth is God: Making Sense of God in the Bible Neil Richardson provides the answers to these fascinating questions. Richardson tackles the hard issues surrounding some of the more problematic passages head on, looking at divine anger, violence and jealousy, and suggesting how these can be interpreted. The book engages with the difficult questions posed by contemporary issues, and the 'new atheism' pioneered by popular writers such as Richard Dawkins. This takes discussion 'beyond the bible' into later developments in thought, and notions of God in a post-modern context. This is an indispensable guide for people with or without faith, wrestling with these difficult, and eternal, questions and themes.
Neil Richardson was born in Turkey to tentmaker missionary parents. He wasraised in west London and came to repentance and faith at the age of thirteen. He read English at University College, London, (where he led theChristian Union) and took his Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Kings, London. After teaching for five years and then studying at CornhillTraining Course, he is now assistant pastor at Derby Road Baptist Church, Watford, England. His interests include open air evangelism, old people, kids, good books, music, clean comedy, games and running as far as he can.
- Foreword Introduction: Why This Book? I) That Strange Word 'god' Ii) 'there Is No God'? Iii) God And Gods Iv) The God Of The Bible Conclusion Seven Steps Towards Reading The Bible Chapter One: Beginnings: God Of Creation I) God Of Beginnings Ii) Human Beings And God Iii) The Question Of God's Patience Iv) Beginning Again: Abraham, Friend Of God Summary Chapter Two: Moses, Joshua And The Violence Of God I) God The Terrorist? Ii) 'divine' Massacres, Ancient And Modern Iii) Divine Cruelty To Dumb Animals? Iv) A Choosy 'jealous' God Summary Interlude (1): Is The Bible No Longer Trustworthy? Chapter Three: Through The Darkest Night I) Why Did God Allow This To Happen? Ii) Towards Belief In One God Iii) The 'judgements' Of God In History Iv) Wrath: God's Dark Side Or Ours? Summary Chapter Four God: A 'you' Rather Than An 'it' I) An Awesomely Consistent 'you' Ii) An Always And Everywhere 'you' Iii) An Elusive (and Cruel?) You Iv) 'my God', 'our God Summary Interlude 2 Is The God Of The Old Testament Different From The God Of The New? Chapter Five: Jesus And The God Of The Bible: I) Jesus And The Question Of God Ii) The Strange Things Jesus Said About God Iii) Not A God For Religious People Iv) The Meaning Of The Virgin Birth Summary Chapter Six: Paul: The God Who Crossed Boundaries I) God On The Damascus Road Ii) Jesus In Our Place And In God's Place Iii) Some Contemporary Problems With Paul's God Iv) 'to The Church Of God In Corinth' Summary Chapter Seven: 'john's' Witness To God I) 'john' And God Ii) Still A Violent God? The Book Of Revelation Iii) God In The End Iv) The Bible's Climax: The First Letter Of John Summary Summary Of Summaries Conclusion: Who On Earth Is God? A Personal Postscript