• Disarming Scripture

  • Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We All Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did
  • By: Derek Flood
  • Narrated by: Dan McGowan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (75 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A God of love and genocide?

For many Christians, the problem of violence in Scripture can result in a crisis of faith - especially when we see how such passages have been used throughout history to justify horrific bloodshed in God's name. Moving beyond typical conservative and liberal approaches, which seek to either defend or whitewash over violence in the Bible, Disarming Scripture takes a surprising yet compelling approach: Learning to read the Bible like Jesus did.

Along the way the book deals with some very big issues, ranging from passages commanding genocide and infanticide in the Old Testament to passages in the New Testament that have been used to justify slavery, child abuse, and state violence. The take-away is an approach to Scripture that not only sees questioning as an acceptable part of a healthy faith, but as an absolutely essential part of it.

©2014 Derek Flood (P)2015 Derek Flood

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Total Contridiction

The author basically is a cherry picking liberal that says scripture has no authority and that we should all be these passivist when it comes to christianity. Tells you that you can't even really know Jesus because no one will truly understand the Bible so just go with blind faith. I HAVE A HARD time believing this guy has actually read the New Testament. Do not buy this book if you actually believe in God, if your an atheist then he is totally on your side.

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This is the book to read!

Derek Flood has something here... Several something's. Having lived most of my life as an inerrantist, conservative evangelical I found his arguments insightful and compelling. I'm glad to be free of the cognitive dissonance that inerrancy entails... No longer worrying about defending scripture and God. My amygdala need not be triggered in a falsely perceived need to defend the inerrancy and infallibility of scripture. This is a fine work, Derek, and I'm a better person for having read it.
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Author is out of his league.

This author shows his ignorance of Scripture and does not understand the context of the verses he is analysing. Instead of explaining each verse and their actual meaning, he tries to reshape the meaning by refuting his own false interpretation of them. Instead of studying controversial verses the author has decided to cherry pick, which is odd considering he condemns cherry picking in the title of the book. If you find yourself agreeing with this author, I recomend that you find a serious theologian and bring this book to him/her. Don't accept it at face value; it is very misleading.

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A new way to hear the Bible story.

Flood explains how all of us can learn to live in love as Jesus intended. We have to learn to love Jesus more than we love the book about Him.

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A liberal revisionist waste of time

The author champion's the morals of the world over the bible and even over Jesus. In doing so he creates his own crooked version of christ and God. He seems to care more what biblical critics think than the wider implications of his reading of scripture. By his reading if abortion dose more good than harm than it's justified.

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Great book.

I stumbled on this book, unaware of the author or his writings. I found it a good read (or listen) and thoroughly enjoyed it. It provided insight in dealing with friends and family members from the fundimentlist side. The book flowed well and it put together very good points.

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disagree with a lot

I found myself disagreeing with a lot that was written. However, it is written well. and narrated well.

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This is what you call heresy

I had really great expectations for this book however, they fell flat. The author apparently claims not to be a liberal and yet is a complete liberal so-called theologian. The author promotes the idea of not trusting in the Scriptures, saying the stories either are myths or possibly myths and never to be taken literally etc.
The author claims homosexuality is OK and Hell is not real.
It’s clear from this book that the author is not in fact a Christian and doesn’t believe or trust in the Word or the Word that became flesh and dwelt among men. If you’re a born-again Christian do not waste your time with this one.

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  • RICHARD HARRIS
  • 02-24-16

great book, average read

good and challenging book
didn't enjoy the narration much, was a little deadpan for me liking, but still very much enjoyed the content