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Readable, helpful, accurate,
This review is from: God Behaving Badly (Paperback)
I am not entirely sure what I was expecting with this little volume. At 198 pages, including discussion questions and bibliography, it is a relatively 'light way in' to a topic that appears to be uncomfortable to Christians, who have lost the habit of studying their own Old Testaments - and the author does substantively address the kinds of criticism of the God portrayed in the OT that you hear with mind-numbing frequency from atheists such as Richard Dawkins.
The book IS very readable. Indeed, there were occasions when Mr Lamb was cracking another joke that I kind of wished he'd get a bit more serious and get down to business. Overall, however, the levity did not distract too much from his central purpose, which was to address, in fairly big-picture terms, the substance of the more recent and well-publicised attacks on the character of God.
David Lamb makes, throughout this treatment, some very useful points indeed, and if this volume serves to get Christians to interact thoughtfully with the biblical text, then that will be a very good thing. The new atheists often shout so stridently and aggressively on this topic that I surmise many Christians steer clear of challenging passages and hope for the best - the author demonstrates that we merely need to face them, read them in context and understand what the narrative is saying.
So, for anyone seeking to understand this subject, 'God behaving badly' is a great place to start. Next, I suggest would be Paul Copan's 'Is God a moral monster?', and then to put the icing on the cake Chris Wright's 'Old Testament Ethics for The People of God' (or, for a lighter alternative, his 'The God I don't understand').