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Is There Any Difference Between Islamic Violence Today and the Wars of the Old Testament?

Is There Any Difference Between Islamic Violence Today and the Wars of the Old Testament?

I got a great question today from my sister: What would you say to someone who believes the Koran teaches Muslims to kill non believers and the Old Testament people were told to kill groups of people that did not worship God, and they wanted to know the difference? God has taken a lot of heat for the OT wars, especially the ones reported in the book of Joshua, and the later war against the Amalekites. Now Muslims are taking…

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Says the Madman: “Humanity Is Dead, and We Are Its Murderers”

Says the Madman: “Humanity Is Dead, and We Are Its Murderers”

  “Whither is humanity? cried the Madman. I will tell you. We have killed it. We are its murderers! But how could we do this? Are we not plunging continually? How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers?” When Friedrich Nietzsche’s Madman told the world, “God is dead, and we are his murderers,” it was as if he alone understood the enormity of the crime. It took a thinker of Nietzsche’s dark brilliance to fathom the depths of what this “death…

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Dawkins’ Principled Stand Against Most Forms of Genocide

Dawkins’ Principled Stand Against Most Forms of Genocide

Two Recent Headlines: Source 1      Source 2 Maybe Richard Dawkins would say that destroying Christianity is not like killing off a nation, morally speaking. If so, then he is blind to historical and geopolitical realities. Here’s what the Rev. George Pitcher said about it. You’ll find it in the second source article: But one of these interjections [in Dawkins’ interview with Christopher Hitchens] is most revealing. About half-way through, the Prof gets this in edgeways: ‘Do you ever worry that if…

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The Bible, God, Genocide, Slavery, Misogyny, and Other Strange Stuff

The Bible, God, Genocide, Slavery, Misogyny, and Other Strange Stuff

Book Review Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God by Paul Copan The Old Testament God doesn’t seem to make sense. “New Atheists” like Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris accuse him of genocide, and most Christians have no idea how to answer. Added to that are charges that God endorsed slavery, enacted grossly inequitable treatment of women, legislated unreasonably harsh punishments for minor offenses, and delivered an embarrassingly quirky set of strange laws…

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As We Forgive, Part 2

As We Forgive, Part 2

Book Review It is said that light shines brightest in dark places. I wrote last Saturday about Catherine Claire Larson’s book As We Forgive: Stories of Reconciliation From Rwanda. It is probably both the darkest and the brightest book I have ever read. Before I proceed, let me remind you: Next Thursday evening at 9:00 pm EDT, here on this blog, you will have the opportunity to meet Catherine and interact with her in an online chat. I urge you…

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