Tom Gilson

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 ...

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“To explain God so that God makes sense without God”

I spent a summer in China back in the early 1980s. I was absolutely enthralled with the architecture, ...

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The Jealousy of God (Reading Paul Copan Together)

Paul Copan was more patient than I might have been in his chapter on the jealousy of God. ...

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To Make the Charge Stick (Reading Paul Copan Together)

The first chapter of Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster raised very little reaction. It won’t always ...

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Reading Together: Is God a Moral Monster?

Today only(?) on Kindle: Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God  for ...

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Seven Reasons To Give Old Testament Ethics the Benefit of the Doubt

Why do Christians give Old Testament ethics the benefit of the doubt? That question came up before Christmas, ...

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How An Atheist Proves Christians Don’t Think

Actually this isn’t just how one atheist proves Christians don’t think, it’s how many do it. Not all, ...

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“God Behaving Badly” by David T. Lamb

Book Review God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist? by David ...

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“Does the Old Testament Endorse Slavery? An Overview”

A popular-level follow-up to Paul Copan’s book on the ethics of the Old Testament: If Bible-believing Southerners had ...

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  • Tom Gilson July 9, 2020 at 7:24 am on Jesus Won’t Let Us Use Him for Our PoliticsYou’re not trying to be rude? Really? If you want to rewind, then begin by reading what I wrote, not by asking me to rewrite it. I've already answered that question. Repeatedly. You're honestly not paying attention. I haven't answered with numbers like you want me to, but I have
  • Shane Fletcher July 9, 2020 at 2:26 am on Jesus Won’t Let Us Use Him for Our PoliticsI'm not trying to be rude, or poke you with a stick. I'm honestly asking for clarification. I'll attempt to rewind. You: "If you know of any in recent history, though, you’re welcome to list them. I’ll be wondering whether it’s a long enough list to conclude it’s a widespread,
  • Tom Gilson July 8, 2020 at 8:01 am on Jesus Won’t Let Us Use Him for Our PoliticsDoes that mean my wondering is meaningless? Good grief, no. Wondering is wondering. How much background info does it require to wonder? Why on earth would you even ask such a question? And even if it were a halfway sensible kind of question, why would you ask without offering the

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