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Seriously Dangerous Religion


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Table of Contents

  • 1 Of Mice, and Men, and Hobbits
  • Stories, Art, and Life
  • 2 The Up Quark, the Down Quark, and Other Cool Stuff
  • What Is the World?
  • 3 Slow to Anger, Abounding in Love, and (Thankfully) Jealous
  • Who Is God?
  • 4 Of Humus and Humanity
  • Who Are Man and Woman?
  • 5 It Isn't Natural
  • Why Do Evil and Suffering Mark the World?
  • 6 On Living in a Blighted World
  • What Am I to Do about Evil and Suffering?
  • 7 Even the Stork Knows That
  • How Am I to Relate to God?
  • 8 Love All, Trust a Few, Do Wrong to None
  • How Am I to Relate to My Neighbor?
  • 9 On Keeping the Earth
  • How Am I to Relate to the Rest of Creation?
  • 10 I Saw the New Jerusalem
  • Which Society Should I Be Helping to Build?
  • 11 A Bird Perched in the Soul
  • What Am I to Hope For?
  • 12 Further Up and Further In
  • New Dimensions in the Old Story
  • 13 On the Judicious Closing of the Mind
  • The Question of Truth
  • 14 Risk Assessment
  • Is the Story Dangerous?
  • Postscript: Biblical Faith for a New Age
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Scripture Index
  • Index of Authors
  • Subject Index

About the Author

Iain Provan is the Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, Regent College. He lives in the Vancouver, Canada area.


A rare combination of deep and wide learning and a compelling and clear writing style. Provan is as comfortable in Mesopotamian texts as in Agatha Christie, the Rig Veda, Lord of the Rings, or the Quran. He opens the Old Testament onto a world he believes needs to hear its distinctive notes in a creative and engaging presentation. -- Reverend Christopher Seitz, Senior Research Professor, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

What does the Old Testament one of the foundational texts of western civilization really say and what is its relevance for us today? Iain Provans scholarly and practical answers to these questions will challenge Old Testament critics, enlighten believers, and provide guidance in bringing faith perspectives to bear on the challenges of the modern world." -- Honourable Preston Manning, PC CC AOE, Founder of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy and former Leader of the Official Opposition in the Canadian Parliament

Iain Provan thinks and writes outside the academic box. He asks questions that matter for life, and he shows what is at stake in taking seriously a biblically-rooted vision of reality. -- Walter Moberly, Durham University

Iain Provan, one of evangelicalism's finest Old Testament scholars, has provided a much needed book... -- G. Kyle Essary -- Apologetics 315

Seriously Dangerous Religion will be helpful to Christians and non-Christians alike who struggle to understand how the Old Testament relates to our modern world. -- Elliot Ritzema -- Bible Study Magazine

[ Seriously Dangerous Religion ] will be a particularly helpful read for those heading off to university or entering the workforce, but is broad and deep enough that every reader will find much to profit from and to reflect on. -- Daniel C. Timmer, University of Sudbury -- Themelios

[Provan's] 'thinking outside the box' creates a broad range of uses for the work, whether in university classes in world religions, theology, apologetics, hermeneutics, as well non-professional areas as discussion groups and church or Sunday school classes. Seriously Dangerous Religion is a 'must read' for anyone interested in these issues. -- Randall C. Bailey, Faulkner University -- Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

In the world in which biblical studies currently exists, projects such as this are worthy of extended time and reflection. -- Richard S. Briggs, St John's College, Durham University -- Review of Biblical Literature

Seriously Dangerous Religion is a seriously helpful book in that it simultaneously offers what is usually called an âOld Testament theology,â vindicatesthe Old Testament in the face of its cultured despisers, and demonstrates the diversity among the various world religions all while being written in an engaging manner that should appeal to more than just specialists. -- Nathan Chambers -- Journal of Reformed Theology

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