the best way of getting out of the whole Canaanite genocide thing, and it comes right from the Bible (but you may not like it)

In past posts (here, then followed up here, here, here, and here) I’ve talked quite a bit about the little problem we have in the Old Testament: God orders the armies of Joshua to kill every single Canaanite so the Israelites can live in their land. Deuteronomy 20 lays this out, and the deed is done [Read More...]

A nuclear, apocalyptic, smackdown, world-ending book on biblical inerrancy is [not] coming soon

I’ve begun seeing some ads online and in catalogs on an upcoming book I contributed to, Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy, part of Zondervan’s Counterpoints genre (see my earlier announcement here). I’ve also seen some posts by eager beavers anticipating the end of the space-time universe within a day or two of it’s release date (November 2013). The five contributors (Al Mohler, Kevin Vanhoozer, Michael Bird, John Franke, and [Read More...]

A Quick Word on Two New Books on (1) Evolution and (2) God’s Violence

Bowing to the unreasonable pressures of publishers who actually expect me to produce something in exchange for money, I am WAAAAAAAAAY behind in my reading and in my blogging about what I am reading. Meeting this problem half way, I simply want to mention today two books I received over the past few weeks, both of which [Read More...]

Is God Out to Get You or Forgive You? Retributive Violence and the Gospel

I’ve been doing some writing lately, and a nagging topic keeps coming up in one way or another and won’t leave me alone. Last year, I put up a few posts on divine violence against Canaanites in the Old Testament (here, here, here, here, and more recently here), which is enough of a topic to [Read More...]

I Have Conquered Canada: My Interview on The Drew Marshall Show

The Drew Marshall Show is “Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show,” though probably not any more: last week they interviewed me. All kidding aside, this was a fun 15 minutes and I hope to be invited back so I can pontificate further on Evangelicalism’s failure to offer a convincing explanatory paradigm, the problem of divine [Read More...]


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