An Apology for the Bible is Bishop Watson’s answer to Thomas Paine’s book The Age of Reason, Part II, which is a sort of catalogue of standard gripes about both the Old and the New Testaments. The book is surprisingly timely, as many of these objections are still circulating today on the internet.

In a series of eight letters, Watson answers Paine’s criticisms virtually point by point. His answers are for the most part quite successful; he has little difficulty demonstrating that many of these criticisms arise from ignorance or demonstrably unfair interpretations of the text of Scripture.