|Child sacrifice - faithful Abraham? (R. Crumb)|
Ch. 4. Yahweh's Ascendancy: Whither Thou Goest, Polytheism?
Ch. 5. Making Yahweh Happy: Human Sacrifice in Ancient Israel.
Ch. 6. Blessing the Nations: Yahweh's Genocides and Their Justifications.
Ch. 7. The Shepherd and the Giant: Government Propaganda.
Ch. 8. Jesus Was Wrong: or, It's the End of the World as We Know It and I Feel Fine.
There's enough here to keep us going till next Xmas. This is quite a tour de force, but any further summarising on my part won't do justice to the book itself. If I had to pick the chapters that most had me riveted, they'd probably be the ones dealing with human sacrifice in the Old Testament (hide your firstborn!) and the following one on the genocidal dictates of an angry deity. I'd thoroughly recommend this book, though, on the basis of any one of the above chapters.
Along the way Stark deals to the arguments presented by such apologetic luminaries as Walter Kaiser, William Lane Craig, Gleason Archer, Christopher Wright, R. A. Torrey, Eugene Merrill, Eric Seibert and Paul Copan. Even N. T. Wright doesn't escape.
Okay. Decks cleared. Next time we'll move into chapters 9 and 10.