The following is an excerpt of Thistlethwaite’s review of the book. Dealing with Hitchens’ approach to biblical interpretation, she wrote:
The chapters in God is Not Great on biblical interpretation, “Revelation: The Nightmare of the ‘Old’ Testament” and “The ‘New’ Testament Exceeds the Evil of the ‘Old’ One,” are so ham-handedly literalist as to make a fundamentalist blush. I looked in the index to be sure I hadn’t missed any encounter with modern biblical scholarship. I looked for some reference to the mind-searching biblical interpretation of “Marcus Borg,” but found instead only an index reference to “Klaus Barbie.” I looked for some engagement with the depth of scholarship and breath of biblical interpretation of “John Dominic Crossan”, but found in the index only a reference to “Crusades.” Feminist theology? Forget it.Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins have a very simplistic approach to religion. Although they use scientific language to describe and evaluate religion, they fail to understand the kind of “faith that wrestles with the contradictions and genuine mysteries of human life,” as Thistlethwaite wrote.
Read Thistlethwaite’s review by clicking here.
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary
Tags: Atheism, Christopher Hitchens, Faith