God -- A Biography

reviewed by Ian Harris in Sea of Faith (NZ) Newsletter 23, October 1997

"This is the life story of God as a literary character, the hero of the Old Testament. The God whom Miles traces through the centuries of that story is torn by conflicting urges. He is by turns creative and destructive, vain and modest, subtle and naive, ruthless and tender, lawful and lawless, powerful yet powerless, omniscient and blind. In his search for self-knowledge he creates humankind as his mirror, the better to examine his own reflection. But humankind turns out also to be his rival. From his first appearance as creator from beyond history, to his immersion in the history of the Jewish people, and then to his closing scene as the ancient of days, the character of God proves to be infinitely complex."