By Philip Jenkins

Philip Jenkins provides a fearless exam of the darkand violent verses of the Bible—and a choice for us to learn them anew in pursuitof a richer, extra sincere religion. From “one of America’s top students ofreligion” (The Economist), this bold exploration of the Scripture’smost tough passages forces us to confront and settle for the violence that wasas crucial to the formula of Christianity’s message because it was once for manyother of the world’s religions, and exhibits us how a whole knowing of theScripture will let us eventually stream in the direction of a extra peaceable, spiritualworld. Readers of Bart Ehrman’s God’s Problem,John Selby Spong’s The Sins of Scripture, andJenkins’s personal The Jesus Wars, in addition to each Christian desirous to squarethe recurrent violence of the Scripture with Christianity’s enduring message ofpeace, will locate those tough questions explored in complete in Laying Downthe Sword.

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