Seriously Dangerous Religion

Seriously Dangerous Religion : What the Old Testament Really Says & Why it Matters

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The Old Testament is often maligned as an outmoded and even dangerous text. Best-selling authors like Richard Dawkins, Karen Armstrong, and Derrick Jensen are prime examples of those who find the Old Testament to be problematic to modern sensibilities. Iain Provan counters that such easy and popular readings misunderstand the Old Testament. He opposes modern misconceptions of the Old Testament by addressing ten fundamental questions that the biblical text should--and according to Provan does--answer: questions such as "Who is God?" and "Why do evil and suffering mark the world?" By focusing on Genesis and drawing on other Old Testament and extra-biblical sources, Seriously Dangerous Religion constructs a more plausible reading. As it turns out, Provan argues, the Old Testament is far more dangerous than modern critics even suppose. Its dangers are the bold claims it makes upon its readers.

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  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 38.1mm | 839.14g
  • Baylor University Press
  • Waco, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 1481300229
  • 9781481300223
  • 635,345

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"A rare combination of deep and wide learning and a compelling and clear writing style. Provan is as comfortable in Mesopotamian texts as in Agatha Christie, the Rig Veda, Lord of the Rings, or the Qur'an. He opens the Old Testament onto a world he believes needs to hear its distinctive notes in a creative and engaging presentation." -- Reverend Christopher Seitz, Senior Research Professor, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto "Iain Provan thinks and writes outside the academic box. He asks questions that matter for life, and he shows what is at stake in taking seriously a biblically-rooted vision of reality." --Walter Moberly, Durham University "What does the Old Testament - one of the foundational texts of western civilization - really say and what is its relevance for us today? Iain Provan's scholarly and practical answers to these questions will challenge Old Testament critics, enlighten believers, and provide guidance in bringing faith perspectives to bear on the challenges of the modern world." --Hon. Preston Manning, PC CC AOE, Founder of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy and former Leader of the Official Opposition in the Canadian Parliament

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About Iain W. Provan

Iain Provan is the Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, Regent College. He lives in the Vancouver, Canada area.

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