Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses

Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can't Ignore the Bible's Violent Verses

by Philip Jenkins
     
 

Philip Jenkins delivers a fearless examination of the dark and violent verses of the Bible—and a call for us to read them anew in pursuit of a richer, more honest faith. From “one of America’s best scholars of religion” (The Economist), this daring exploration of the Scripture’s most difficult passages forces us to confront and acceptSee more details below

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Philip Jenkins delivers a fearless examination of the dark and violent verses of the Bible—and a call for us to read them anew in pursuit of a richer, more honest faith. From “one of America’s best scholars of religion” (The Economist), this daring exploration of the Scripture’s most difficult passages forces us to confront and accept the violence that was as integral to the formulation of Christianity’s message as it was for many other of the world’s religions, and shows us how a full understanding of the Scripture will allow us to finally move towards a more peaceful, spiritual world. Readers of Bart Ehrman’s God’s Problem, John Selby Spong’s The Sins of Scripture, and Jenkins’s own The Jesus Wars, as well as every Christian eager to square the recurrent violence of the Scripture with Christianity’s enduring message of peace, will find these difficult questions explored in full in Laying Down the Sword.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061990717
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Definitions vii

Introduction: Motes and Beams 1

Part 1 Scripture as Problem

1 Everything That Breathes 29

2 Truth and History 49

3 Words of the Sword 73

Part 2 The Inheritance

4 Sons of Joshua 99

5 Warrant for Genocide 123

6 Amalekite Nightmares 143

Part 3 Truth and Reconciliation

7 Judging God 167

8 Coming to Terms 183

9 Historians and Prophets 209

10 Preaching the Unpreachable 227

11 Scripture Alone? 243

Acknowledgments 253

Notes 255

Index 297

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