Book Review: Saying No to God

In his book Saying No to God: A Radical Approach to Reading the Bible Faithfully (2019, Quoir), author Matthew Korpman does something new when he gives book-length attention to the assertion that saying “No” to God is an example of faithful discipleship. Biblical inerrancy, whether formally adopted or not, twists traditional religion’s description of discipleship into something different from what the Bible, as a whole, conveys. Calling attention to flaws of the use of scripture for “Divine Command Theory,” Korpman traces the ignored canonical strands that show a root of the Hebrew tradition of a struggle with God with a willingness, ultimately, to say “No” to God. This book looks at both hermeneutics and praxis.

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