Top critical review
Disappointing, inaccurate, no references, humanism, poor exegesis.
on October 10, 2016
This book has fallen short of the mark for me, sadly.
The introduction has many "factual" statements about second hand incidents with no supporting references, when I check the facts they don't line up.
e.g. "The Bible commands fathers to protect their family!" - Where? The supposed support of 1st Timothy 5:8 is really straining the context of feeding one's own relatives in order to avoid burdening others.
Similarly the 23 June 1978 Vumba massacre [...]had no armed male survivor listed in the official record, so what is the source this information of one armed survivor (who cowered away in a building)?
Along with tortured texts, the book is full of pragmatism all the way through yet not dealing with any of the clear instructions and examples of the Lord Jesus and the 1st Century apostles/disciples/followers in order to give a balance but simply ignoring them and dismissing them as "sincere" but "very wrong".
Ultimately reading this book has left me in the same boat I was in before; clear as mud on the biblical grounds for self defence with lethal weapons.
The old testament justifications used fail to take into account that taking of a human life, even as manslaughter, meant the killer was no longer a free man but had to run to a city of refuge and stay there till they died!
I had hoped to see an exposition of biblical truth showing support for a position of armed response but have failed to find it in this book.
Make up your own mind.