At First Things I did a quick review of John Dominic Crossan’s methodology in How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian. I found his arguments wanting.
When some people read the Bible, they find God to be a little schizophrenic, telling us to stone sinners in one passage and then forgive them in another. Which is the real God? The God who advocates nonviolence or the God who demands the slaughter of his enemies? John Dominic Crossan pretends to help people reconcile this dichotomy in his new book, How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian, but for all his high-mindedness his methodology fails to reconcile anything.
You can read the rest of my piece here.