Pure Evil

Pure Evil May 5, 2015

Pure Evil

Via Yuriy Stasyuk on Facebook. This is a clear violation of the Golden Rule. Treat the religions of others the way you want your own to be treated. Or better still, treat your own religious views with the honesty and moral sensibility that you use in relation to the religious claims and views of others.

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  • “Or better still, treat your own religious views with the honesty and
    moral sensibility that you use in relation to the religious claims and
    views of others.”
    -Very wise advice. But I think an intellectually honest and internally consistent response to the war crimes in Joshua by modern American Christians could only go into defending massacres as the will of God (and likely recommending the same be done to the Palestinian Arabs today) or falling down into the pit of atheism. Is there a good third option?

    • Carlos Romero

      May I ask why you refer to atheism as a pit? Just curious at how you describe it.

      • I think James would view it as a pit because he’s religious. Also, you don’t climb up the rabbit hole.

        • I really do wish you would speak for yourself and let others speak for themselves.

          • So what do you view atheism as? That wasn’t really informative.

          • It depends on the kind of atheism. Not all atheism is the same. But that is scarcely the point. The point is to ask why you feel it appropriate to put words in someone else’s mouth.

          • Well, I’d certainly consider atheism to be a pit if I was a Christian. Also, for many Christians deconverting to atheism, it might seem like a pit as they get closer to it. I was never a Christian, so I would only understand how it feels like from others’ deconversion stories.

          • Jon

            Still hoping you might deign to answer James’ question. Or at least apologise. 😉

          • I never actually put words in James’ mouth (e.g., “James believes…”). In my first comment here, I was merely looking at it from the perspective of how I would go about looking the question if I was a Christian, and assumed James would have pretty much the same view. The last was not an essential part of my first comment by any means; Indeed, it cannot even be inferred from my first comment alone. In any case, literally speaking, James can always speak for himself here. Nothing’s stopping him. I also don’t see anything wrong with assuming what people believe if the assumed beliefs seem to be premises of their other, explicitly stated ones.
            In any case, continuing these comments sheds more heat than light, don’t you agree?

    • corgblam

      Atheism is less of a pit, and more of a ladder.

  • Mike Wilson

    James, do you think that part of the reason people aren’t that affected by the genocide of the bible is that there are no pictures? I feel that cognitively, even if we think it happened historically, we react as though the story us fiction. It was a long time ago and happened bugaboos like the Canaanites and Philistines. Like the the orks of lotr or Star Wars storm troopers the end of their lives or life dreams are not the subject of reflection. In antiquity I don’t think Joshua would raise eyebrows or cause embarrassment, for except for the rare mystic or philosopher, most would not find ISIS or LRA particularly shocking. I truely doubt most people who think Joshua is a true story of a godly hero would accept a claim of divine command or anything else to approve of the personal execution of men wonen and children.

    • Here’s the aftermath of the flood – courtesy of the Brick Testatment: http://www.thebricktestament.com/genesis/god_drowns_everyone/24_gn08_18-19.html

      • Tola

        Most people were buried or swept to sea. Just an assumption since its not mentioned in the bible, and there would be lots of disease ridden corpses…. but then again, all those animals needed to eat something.

        • It’s hard to find partially ravaged corpse legos.

          • Jon

            Maybe that’s because in the West we don’t have many examples. If Lego were made in Africa, however…

  • Hear, hear. I cannot stand to read William Lane Craig defend the odious Canaanite genocide, especially when he asked to sympathize with the murderers, saying the deaths of the children were acceptable as they went to heaven, according to his view. However, this and Joshua’s massacre are just one of many in the Bible. With
    respect, how does a Christian reconcile these Biblical massacres with their beliefs?

  • R Vogel

    Yeah, but those Canaanites had it coming….