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In this part of the website Dr. Tonstad will from time to time contribute some additional insights and share thoughts on a variety of subjects addressed in his book. We will also invite others to write an article for all to see. If you are interested in being a blog contributor please feel free to submit your request and proposed article using the Feedback tab.

June 1, 2016

The "Face-to-Face" person is Moses. There was never again one like him, says the Bible, "who spoke to God face to face." Moses is the subject of chapter 10 of the book. What did Moses know that others failed to grasp? Then he hit the rock, as the illustration is meant...

May 23, 2016

One of my colleagues turned straight to chapter 9 in the book, the story of Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac, known in Jewish theology as the Akedah ('the binding of Isaac'). Where is the 'sense' in this chapter, a father asked to sacrifice 'your son, your only son, whom y...

April 12, 2016

This fifth century mosaic from Ravenna pictures the encounter between God and Abraham in Genesis 18. In this conversation, it is evident that God and Abraham can discuss and even argue meaningfully about justice. Abraham expects an explanation, but God seems eager to e...

March 24, 2016

The murder of Abel raises many problems, the most acute of which is that God does not intervene to protect Abel. Cain, the brother's keeper, does not "keep" him. Cain and Abel are the subject of chapter 7 in my book, but the poem below is in the foreword.

here in this c...

March 17, 2016

Pictures of scenes and stories in the Bible can help and sometimes hinder the imagination. Lucas Cranach's depiction of Paradise belongs in the "helping" category. He placed the divine command front and center (God, Adam, and Eve). God seems to be talking. What does Go...

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Sigve K. Tonstad's God of Sense presents the Holocaust, not as a problem that defeats belief, but as the reality that demands a religious and theological account of evil and human existence.

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