Let There Be Violence? (evangelicalism and the dark side of the Bible)

Over at OnFaith, Brandon Withrow has published an article on the growing rift emerging among evangelicals on how to handle the biblical depictions of God as violent. I was interviewed for the piece, along with several others. Early in the article, Withrow observes: Many Christians today are critical of the violence they see in other [Read More...]

Learning to Read the Bible Nonviolently

Today’s post is the third and final one by Dr. Eric Seibert, Professor of Old Testament at Messiah College (post one is here and post two is here). Much of Seibert’s work is centered on addressing the problematic portrayals of God in the Old Testament, especially his violence. He is the author of Disturbing Divine Behavior: Troubling Old Testament Images of [Read More...]

When the Bible Sanctions Violence, Must We?

Today’s post is the second of three by Dr. Eric Seibert, Professor of Old Testament at Messiah College (post one is here). Much of Seibert’s work is centered on addressing the problematic portrayals of God in the Old Testament, especially his violence. He is the author of Disturbing Divine Behavior: Troubling Old Testament Images of God (Fortress 2009) and The Violence [Read More...]

When the “Good Book” is Bad: Challenging the Bible’s Violent Portrayals of God

Today’s post, the first of three, is written by Dr. Eric Seibert, Professor of Old Testament at Messiah College. Much of Seibert’s work is centered on addressing the problematic portrayals of God in the Old Testament, especially his violence. He is the author of Disturbing Divine Behavior: Troubling Old Testament Images of God (Fortress 2009) and The Violence of Scripture: Overcoming [Read More...]

Has John Piper Changed his Mind about “It’s Right for God to Slaughter Women and Children Anytime He Pleases”? (I’m just asking because the page is missing)

I just noticed that the link to John Piper’s post “How Could God Kill Women and Children?” is now dead–and I do not wish to dwell on the irony of it. Some of you may remember that I posted about Piper’s thoughts on Canaanite genocide during the summer, first here, with two follow up posts [Read More...]


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