David Lamb: Is God really ‘Angry, Sexist and Racist’?

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David Lamb is an Associate Professor of Old Testament at Biblical Seminary in Pennsylvania. He is the author of the 2011 book "God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?" He preached on Jan. 13, 2013 at Memorial Baptist Church in Columbia, Mo., to help launch a sermon series the church is doing. RNS photo by Kellie Kotraba/Columbia Faith and Values.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (RNS) Evangelical theologian David Lamb tackles some of the Bible’s most troubling passages in his book, “God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?” His answer: yes and no.

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  • EssEme

    “Racism” and “sexism” are ten-minute-old obsessions of liberalism, cookie-cutter cartoon ideologies that masquerade as epochal moral insights but which only serve the interests of particular groups in their struggle for ascendancy over other groups. To submit God to these categories is a waste of time; they’re even useless in understanding humans.

  • Mike

    Whether positive or negative, everyone imagines the God they need to validate their views. No one really knows anything about God. I have no doubt that someone will advise me to read the Bible so that I can “know” what they “know.” It’s easy for people to believe the unbelievable when its alleged to have occurred long ago and far away–beyond the reach of serious examination.

  • Unimpressed in SF

    “The very first thing we learn in the Bible is that women are divine – they are God-like. Now, men are too, but I think most men think this already.”

    I think of Schleiermacher’s appeals to religion’s “cultured despisers”, trying to placate the momentary prejudices of a certain class. The tone of this piece paints the professor as one of the legions of Christians who are anxious to show that they and their religion are “groovy.” The above lines indicate that women are to have their group ego massaged and it’s “cool” to engage in a wink-wink put down of men.

    If this is what “evangelical” means, I’ll pass.

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