The Slaughter of the Canaanites – Part 6

Clay Jones argues that Jehovah commanded the Israelites to slaughter the Canaanites (men, women, and children), but that this command and the Israelites obedience to the command was morally justified because the Canaanites deserved the death penalty for various serious crimes or sins which were violations of the laws of Jehovah. Jones provides a list of the crimes or sins allegedly committed by the Canaanites which were (supposedly) deserving of the death penalty: idolatry, incest, adultery, ch … [Read more...]

The Slaughter of the Canaanites – Part 5

have been imagining that Jehovah was at least quasi-just and thus demanded trials for each Canaanite before the Canaanites were condemned to death as punishment for a serious crime or sin.  My argument is that there were many kinds of BIAS on the part of Jehovah and the Israelites which would make such trials unfair and thus the use of the death penalty in those circumstances was clearly unjust.I have just one more category of BIAS to discuss, but it is IMHO a root cause of many of various … [Read more...]

The Slaughter of the Canaanites – Part 4

In Part 3 of this series, I raised twenty objections to a Conservative Christian approach to the Old Testament stories about Jehovah commanding the Israelites to slaughter the Canaanites (men, women, and children).  Most of the objections are to the effect that some particular aspect of the slaughter of the Canaanites is evidence that JEHOVAH IS UNJUST.The particular attempt to show that Jehovah and the Israelites were morally justified in this horrifically violent activity is from an a … [Read more...]

A Must-Read Book for Both Christians and Atheists

I'm referring to Randal Rauser's book, Is the Atheist My Neighbor? If you haven't read it yet, you should. But don't take my word for it. (I'm biased as a contributor to one small part of the book.) Instead, read this recent review which appeared in the "Progressive Christian" channel here on Patheos.LINK to reviewLINK to book at … [Read more...]

The Slaughter of the Canaanites – Part 1

Jehovah, the god of the Old Testament, is cruel, unjust, and evil.  Jehovah, therefore, is NOT God, because God is, by definition, a perfectly morally good person.  Since Jesus promoted worship of Jehovah, obedience to Jehovah, and prayer to Jehovah, we can reasonably conclude that Jesus promoted worship of a false god and thus Jesus was a false prophet.  But if Jesus was a false prophet, then it is very unlikely that God, if God exists, would raise Jesus from the dead.  God would not be inv … [Read more...]

Randal Rauser’s Latest Book (with a Contribution from Yours Truly)


Randal Rauser has written a new book, Is the Atheist My Neighbor? Rethinking Christian Attitudes Towards Atheism. Rauser's book is a model of philosophical charity. In the book, Rauser argues against Christian stereotypes of atheists, on both empirical and Biblical grounds. For this reason alone, I think all atheists should want this book.Here is a link to the the book at Amazon:LINKIn the spirit of full disclosure, I am not a neutral reviewer of this book because I am a contributor t … [Read more...]

Jesus: True Prophet or False Prophet? – Part 1

In his book The Resurrection of God Incarnate, Richard Swinburne argues that the case for the resurrection of Jesus must include three major components:I. General Background Evidence - evidence for and against the existence of God, and evidence about whether and why God would be likely to perform a miracle, especially raising someone from the dead.II. Prior Historical Evidence - evidence for or against claims that Jesus had certain characteristics, characteristics which based on the p … [Read more...]

The Logic of the Resurrection – Part 6

In Part 4 of this series, we saw that Theodore Drange interpreted Christian theologian Charles Hodge to be arguing as follows ("Why Resurrect Jesus?" in The Empty Tomb, p. 56) : (2a) (JRD) is a sufficient condition for (JSG). Therefore: (1a) (JRD) is a necessary condition for (JSG). ============ Abbreviations: (JRD) Jesus rose from the dead. (JSG) Jesus is the divine Son of God. ============  In terms of symbolic logic, the argument is this: (2b) (JRD)    (JSG). Therefore: (1b)  (JSG … [Read more...]