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Tag: Canaanites

In Response to a Monstrous Yahweh: Paul Copan

I just came across this article from the AtheismisDead blog and I haven’t had a chance to read the whole thing but the first three pages of it seem to have a lot of potential.  Paul Copan is addressing the challenges of the ‘new atheists’ about the Christian God, in particular in the Old Testament, being a brutal monster whom we don’t want for a role model and we certainly don’t want little humans imitating.

Perhaps this article will make up for the fact that I never got around to dishing out the full thrashing of Dawkins’s Delusion.  It seems … continue reading...

Why would God have Israel kill the women and children of Canaan? Where is the mercy? The Justice? Dawkins and others ask

I receive an email asking me to address the issue of the Israelite purge of Canaan, in particular the command to cut down the women and children as well. The correspondent indicated that this is something he as a Christian struggles with and points out that Richard Dawkins raises the issue as well. I asked for his permission to post my answer, which he gave me, and it follows below:

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Dear Correspondent

I think your question ranks up there among some of the hardest questions to deal with. Let me first assure you that doubts are perfectly normal for … continue reading...