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Sacred word, broken word : biblical authority and the dark side of Scripture

Author: Kenton L Sparks
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Bible is a religious masterpiece. Its authors cast a profound vision for the healing of humanity through the power of divine love, grace and forgiveness. But the Bible also contains "dark texts" that challenge our ethical imagination. How can one book teach us to love our enemies and also teach us to slaughter Canaanites? Why does a book that preaches the equality of all people -- male and female, slave and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenton L Sparks
ISBN: 9780802867186 0802867189
OCLC Number: 755904537
Description: xii, 180 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The truth and beauty of sacred scripture --
Creation and the problem of evil --
The contribution of christology --
The problem of sacred scripture --
The brokenness of scripture --
Some theological queries --
The redemption of scripture : biblical examples --
Christian epistemology : broken readers of sacred scripture --
Sacred scripture as ancient discourse --
Listening to the diversity and unity of scripture --
Theology beyond the Bible : spirit, cosmos, tradition, and experience --
Priorities for theological interpretation --
Validity and biblical interpretation.
Responsibility: Kenton L. Sparks.

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"The Bible is a religious masterpiece. Its authors cast a profound vision for the healing of humanity through the power of divine love, grace and forgiveness. But the Bible also contains "dark texts" that challenge our ethical imagination. How can one book teach us to love our enemies and also teach us to slaughter Canaanites? Why does a book that preaches the equality of all people -- male and female, slave and free, Greek and Jew -- also include laws that permit God's people to trade in slaves and to persecute those of a different faiths or ethnicities? In Sacred Word, Broken Word Kenton Sparks argues that the "dark side" of Scripture is not an illusion. Rather, these dark texts remind us that all human beings, including the biblical authors, stand in need of God's redemptive solution in Jesus Christ."--Publisher's description.
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Brian D. McClaren -- author of "Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words" "Kent Sparks addresses the crucial and often painful question that I hear people asking around the world -- Read more...

 
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