Robert J. Hutchinson wrote a stimulating and useful book that anyone with half a mind should read, at least for a balanced view of the Bible, in light of the onslaught of criticism.
Talk about an interesting book! He delves into what is said about a number of hot topics, including slavery in the Bible, the origins of universal human rights, homosexuality, and democracy and the concept of a limited government.
Re: slavery – he refutes what people say about early Christians condoning slavery.
Re: universal human rights – he points out how the early Christianattracted many women because they were treated more fairly and equally than other s and social systems (he makes reference to the Apostle Paul’s statement about no distinctions between Jew or Greek, slave or freeman, mail or female).
Some other areas…
Re: veracity of stories – he shows how recent archaeological discoveries prove many Bible stories are accurate, and that modern science came from ideas conveyed in the Bible.
Re: belief – he contends that belief in a higher being is just as much a ‘leap of faith’ as is the belief that everything sprang from nothing.
Despite too many typos to be excused with today’s spell-checking technology, you may find yourself describing this book in a number of positive ways:
- carefully crafted
- sprightly written
- the author is a superb wordsmith
- very readable
- a quick, easy read
- highly enjoyable.
Although you might find certain points (including some major ones) fall a little short on supporting documentation, or alternatives like a localized flood theory over the world-wide flood to be questionable, overall you may be impressed with the authors’ data and statistics and find his reasoning convincing.
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