June 13, 2024

Roughly three and a half years ago I started writing for Patheos. Around that time, I was reading quite a few academic articles on Critical Race Theory. One of the articles I came across, which I highlighted in this two-part series, opened my eyes to something I had not expected, namely, that there was an organic connection between Critical Race Theory, as well as Queer Theory, and paganism. That article, published in July 2021, was called “CRT And The Return... Read more

May 30, 2024

In the last post I tried to answer the question of “What is Legalism?” within the context of the Christian life. In this post, I will address another common question about Christianity, namely, “What is a Christian saint?” As with the last post, I will draw from a theologian who few would regard as a saint, let alone as having lived a “saintly” life, namely, Paul Tillich. Still, even the least saintly among us can provide good definitions or strong... Read more

May 23, 2024

The charge of “Legalism,” or of being legalistic, can often come quick and hard in Evangelical churches, sometimes in a fairly legalistic manner, as in: “oh, you’re just being legalistic!” Another favored synonym for the act of “being legalistic” is to call someone a Pharisee or accuse them of acting “pharisaical.” While there is such a thing as legalism in the Christian life, there is also its opposite. The antithesis of legalism was best summed up by Bonhoeffer as “cheap... Read more

May 20, 2024

Natural theology can mean two things. It can mean the affirmation that God (Yahweh) is known by his works. This is called general revelation. Natural theology is the study of general revelation. We can know from general revelation that God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in being, wisdom, power, holiness, goodness, justice, and truth. We can know that God alone has existed from eternity and is the Creator of the heavens and the earth.  We can know that... Read more

May 3, 2024

In contemporary Christianity the claim is often made that only behaviors are sinful. However, the idea that only external acts can be sinful, or immoral or transgressive, is a very modern idea. It is certainly not one the biblical authors or the early Church Fathers would have endorsed, let alone Jesus (Matt 5:21-30). In fact, one Church Father, Clement of Alexandria, argued that even our dreams could be sinful. While some modern Christians may balk at the thought of involuntary... Read more

April 12, 2024

In the last few posts I have offered a defense of the “literal view” of the conquest of the Canaanites. This renewed interest surrounding the justice of God’s commands to Moses to conduct herem, or total destruction, against the Canaanites was sparked by a controversial interview the YouTube skeptic Alex O’Connor conducted with Christian philosopher, William Lane Craig. In these posts, I have provided some reasons to think that even if the commands to destroy the Canaanites, to include women,... Read more

April 3, 2024

In this series, I have been defending the literalist view of the Israelites’ conquest of Canaan. This series was prompted by an interview William Lane Craig did with the YouTube atheist, Alex O’Connor. In that video, Craig defended the attack on the Canaanites by appealing to a version of Divine Command Theory, whereby God’s commands are directly related to His perfect nature. Craig also referenced this 2009 article by Clay Jones, which highlights some of the “abominable practices” of the... Read more

March 29, 2024

In my last article, I addressed a recent controversy that broke about Israel’s conquest of the Canaanites. In that article, I began a defense of the literalist view of the war against Canaan; one that has recently reemerged in light of an interview that William Lane Craig did with Alex O’Connor, an atheist YouTuber. In that interview, Craig defends the literal view of the conquest based on two major premises: first, that the commands of God are always in alignment... Read more

March 26, 2024

Recently, an online debate flared up regarding the biblical conquest of the Canaanites, or what some have even called the Canaanite Genocide (according to the modern use of the word). The debate started when online atheist YouTuber, Alex O’Connor, interviewed Richard Dawkins. In that interview, O’Connor pressed Dawkins about why he doesn’t debate Christian apologists or philosophers, many of whom O’Connor seems friendly with. Dawkins, in typical pompous fashion, said that he doesn’t have time for such people, and, unprompted... Read more

March 14, 2024

In my last post on Deuteronomy Chapter 7, I discussed the three reasons the Bible gives for why God ordered the destruction of the Canaanites. Those reasons were: 1) to prevent the Israelites from intermarrying with pagan women, which 2) would lead to false beliefs about God, i.e., to idolatry, which 3) would, in turn, lead them to participate in abominable practices and behaviors. In this post, we will look at four warnings God gives to His people prior to... Read more

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