Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


Dan Phillips, who is swiftly becoming my favorite of the Team Pyro triumvirate, directs us to a review of Bart Error-man's newest screed against the biblical faith,

God's Problem: Why the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question - Why We Suffer

The review is amusing and heartwarming all rolled in one as the reviewer levels snarky smackdown after snarky smackdown. Deservedly so. Check out the opening comments,

Bart Ehrman has written another book that is probably destined to be a best seller. God's Problem is a lively, though thoroughly conventional and utterly predictable, dismissal of Jewish and Christian views of God. It is a real page-turner, quickly written by an author who assumes a position of moral and intellectual superiority to just about everyone who is unlucky enough not to be a tenured professor in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

And can you believe it, the reviewer is an United Methodist bishop!

A Methodist!? I was raised as a Methodist for the early part of my childhood. I remember their bishops being pasty white and flabby, effeminate with soft hands, rarely any of them had wit, and certainly no strong biblical opinion about anything. Perhaps there is hope for their denomination after all.



Blogger Mike-e said...

Yeah, I grew up Methodist until my college years, so I know exactly what you mean.

7:32 AM, January 09, 2009  

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