God is Good

God is Good


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Is the God of the Bible the most unpleasant character in all fiction, as Richard Dawkins claims in The God Delusion? He is backed up by former preacher and now virulent atheist, Dan Barker, who has cited Scripture, seeking to justify every one of Dawkins's infamous character slurs about the God of the Old Testament. Dawkins says the biblical God is "jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully." Barker has added eight accusations of his own. Dawkins was too kind, he says. The God of the Bible is also "a pyromaniacal, angry, merciless, curse hurling, vaccicidal, aborticidal, cannibalistic slavemonger." Furthermore, Barker thoroughly implicates Jesus in the alleged crimes of his Father. God is Good seeks to answer every one of these twenty-seven accusations. Written for theological students, pastors, preachers, thoughtful laypeople who wince at some of what they read in the Bible, and those atheists who are honestly searching for truth, this book ducks none of the difficult questions and problematic passages.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781725263949
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 07/30/2020
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Martin G. Kuhrt is vicar of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Aylesbury, in the United Kingdom. After a brief flirtation with the legal profession, he was ordained into ministry in the Church of England twenty-four years ago, serving in various parishes and as a chaplain to the international community of Lee Abbey in Devon. He is married to Anna and has four children in full-time education, three golden retriever breeding dogs, and two guinea pigs.

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“At the heart of the challenge of the new atheists to Christian faith lies their attack on the very character of God. In this brilliantly written book, Martin Kuhrt does a spectacular job responding to many of their common accusations. Biblically grounded, well argued, meticulously detailed, generous to his opponents, and very accessible—God is Good is the ideal book for Christians seeking for help responding to atheist friends, or for skeptics willing to take the trouble to discover what Christians actually believe. A timely, important book.”

—Andy Bannister, Director, Solas Centre for Public Christianity

“Richard Dawkins and his followers spew out adjectives in an attempt to discredit the God made known to us in the Bible. By contrast, Martin Kuhrt here shows that when the Bible is read carefully and with attentiveness to its real content, it shows us a God who is good and worthy of worship. This is indeed good news.”

—David Firth, Tutor in Old Testament, Academic Dean, Trinity College Bristol

“In their attacks on Christianity and the Bible, Richard Dawkins and his friends think they have served up a bunch of unreturnable ‘aces.’ But Martin Kuhrt returns them all. He is gritty, passionate, argumentative, and very readable in this book. He combines his understanding of the new atheists with his massive Bible knowledge and peppers the whole book with lots of illustrations and personal stories. If you are struggling with these issues this is a great book to read.”

—Robin Gamble, Bishops’ Adviser for Church Growth, Diocese of Leeds

“Martin Kuhrt has given us an outstanding resource in answering many of the genuine and difficult questions leveled at the Christian faith. This is a brilliant, pastoral, accessible, biblical, and ultimately compelling apologetic for the God who is good.”

—Simon Ponsonby, Teaching Pastor, St Aldates Oxford

“This well-written and carefully researched book is a detailed, informative, and comprehensive response to the biblical criticism of the new atheists. Martin goes out of his way to help us read and understand these ancient accounts, not shying away at all from the difficult issues often raised about the Old Testament. The reader comes away with a fuller, richer, more rounded understanding of these Scriptures, better equipped to understand the wisdom, justice, and mercy of God. A book not only for reading, but for referencing when needing insight into complex biblical passages.”

—Dave Hopwood, author, speaker, and biblical dramatist

“Martin Kuhrt gives Christians a biblical defense to an aggressive atheistic challenge! An encouraging and positive exposition of what our God is really like. Pastors could use this material in a preaching series and all of us would benefit from a careful reading of this book.”

—Stephen Gaukroger, international Bible teacher, entrepreneur, and author

“I commend this book to Christians who want to face up to the undoubted challenges in the Bible about the nature of God. I hope Richard Dawkins and Dan Barker will read it too!”

—Don Brewin, former Director of SOMA (Sharing of Ministries Abroad)

“As the leader of Flame International, which ministers God’s healing to the spirits, souls, and bodies of the poorest of people made in his image, I read this book with wonder. Martin has written with an insight and revelation into biblical truth from both the Old and New Testaments that I have not come across before. I have personally been challenged and given fresh understanding of the nature of God. May I commend this book to readers who want new insights into the character of the God of the Bible. The chapter on forgiveness, for example, is truly inspiring, and I believe that as people apply what they read this book will be life changing.”

—Jan Ransom, Director of Flame International

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