An Open Letter to Thom Stark

[Note:  Thom Stark wrote a book titled The Human Faces of God:  What Scripture Reveals When It Gets God Wrong (and Why Inerrancy Tries to Hide It).  I wrote a 12-part review of this book which begins with this introduction.  Thom wrote a response to my review which appears at this page on his web site.  I then wrote a response to Thom’s response which you can find here.]

Dear Thom,

As you may recall, about a year ago I ran across a review of your book on Steve Douglas‘ blog, Undeception. I commented on this particular post of his, and in the exchange both you and Steve insisted that I couldn’t reasonably argue with your book until I’d read it.  (Up until that point, I’d only read the front matter and the first chapter.)  As you know, I’ve since read the entire book and reviewed it.

Going through this process has convinced me that I really did know enough to argue with you about your thesis last year.  It’s all there in the title:  “Scripture…gets God wrong.”  That idea bothered me when I first read it, and it bothers me still.

Your book was lengthy, but not convincing.  Having a chapter titled, “Jesus Was Wrong” probably did not help your case…at least where I was concerned.  Jesus lacks no credibility with me.

The next time someone objects to your thesis, don’t make them feel like they have to read your book in order to make the objection.

In any case, I hope you’ll have a change of heart.  Jesus Christ Is God.

Mike

[Thom’s response to this open letter is here.]

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