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It looks like whoever wrote the Flood story has a bone to pick with the Canaanites.
To say that there are two Gods, one of the Old Testament and one of the New, is Marcionism. To say that the one God is portrayed in various—even conflicting—ways is simply a matter of reading the Bible in English with both eyes open.
The Bible bears the marks of the messiness of the diverse human drama. Christian theology, if it wishes to be compelling and speak into people’s lives, needs to incorporate that fact, not shy away from it.
One of the tasks of theologians is to explore and restate central doctrines in the light of developments in human knowledge.
A willingness to accept how Scripture comes to us is a mark of faith and trust in God, not an act of disloyalty to God.
We honor tradition best when we take seriously the sacred responsibility for shaping it.