Difficult Passages

There are difficult, even "dark" passages in the Bible, passages that seem to endorse evils like chattel slavery and the slaughter of innocent women and children, even genocide. There are passages that seem to contradict scientific or historical facts. There are passages where the Bible seems to contradict itself. Some atheists have claimed the best path to atheism is simply to read through the entire Bible with a cold, objective honesty! How do we confront and explain to others (and to ourselves) such "dark" passages? In these four sessions, October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2019, we read and dissect a some of these difficult passages of Scripture.

Downloads: Presentations

Oct 6, 2019: A God Who Commands Genocide?

Oct 13, 2019: Hyperbole? Or Not

Oct 20, 2019: Neither Male Nor Female? Paul and Women's Issues

Oct 27, 2019: Passages That Abrade 21st Century American Sensibilities

References

 

Apostle of the Crucified Lord. A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters 2nd Ed - Gorman, Michael. Eerdman's Publishing, 2017

Bible Handbook of Difficult Verses A Complete Guide to Answering the Tough Questions - McDowell & McDowell. Harvest House Publishers, 2013

The Bible Says What? Dealing with Difficult Scripture Passages - Mullen, J Patrick. Now You Know Media (audio lectures), 2010

Dark Passages of the Bible Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI & Thomas Aquinas - Ramage, Matthew. Catholic University of America Press, 2013

Did God Really Command Genocide? Coming to Terms with the Justice of God - Copan & Flannagan. Baker Books, 2014

Hard Sayings, A Catholic Approach to Answering Bible Difficulties - Horn, Trent. Catholic Answers Press, 2016

Hard Sayings of the Bible - Kaiser, Davids, Bruce & Brauch. InterVarsity Press, 1996

The Human Faces of God. What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (And Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It) - Stark, Thom. Wipf & Stock, 2011

Is God a Moral Monster Making Sense of the Old Testament God - Copan, Paul. Baker Books, 2011

Light on the Dark Passages of Scripture - Giszczak, Mark. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, 2015

Man and Woman, One in Christ An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul's Letters - Payne, Philip. Zondervan, 2009

New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties - Archer, Gleason. Zondervan, 2011

Paul and Gender. Reclaiming the Apostle's Vision for Men and Women in Christ - Westfall, Cynthia. BakerAcademic, 2016

Reading Paul (Cascade Companions) - Gorman, Michael. Cascade Books, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2008