Did God Really Command Genocide

Did God Really Command Genocide

Pastors, youth pastors, campus ministers, apologetics readers, and laypeople will find that this book both enlightens and equips them for serious discussion of troubling spiritual questions.

Author: Paul Copan

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781441221094

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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A common objection to belief in the God of the Bible is that a good, kind, and loving deity would never command the wholesale slaughter of nations. Even Christians have a hard time stomaching such a thought, and many avoid reading those difficult Old Testament passages that make us squeamish. Instead, we quickly jump to the enemy-loving, forgiving Jesus of the New Testament. And yet, the question doesn't go away. Did God really command genocide? Is the command to "utterly destroy" morally unjustifiable? Is it literal? Are the issues more complex and nuanced than we realize? In the tradition of his popular Is God a Moral Monster?, Paul Copan teams up with Matthew Flannagan to tackle some of the most confusing and uncomfortable passages of Scripture. Together they help the Christian and nonbeliever alike understand the biblical, theological, philosophical, and ethical implications of Old Testament warfare passages. Pastors, youth pastors, campus ministers, apologetics readers, and laypeople will find that this book both enlightens and equips them for serious discussion of troubling spiritual questions.
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God is Good

God is Good

Exploring the Character of the Biblical God Martin G. Kuhrt ... God: The Most
Unpleasant Character in all Fiction, New York: Sterling, 2014. Blanchard. John:
Does God believe in ... Did God Really Command Genocide? Coming to Terms
with ...

Author: Martin G. Kuhrt

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781725263963

Category: Religion

Page: 300

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Is the God of the Bible the most unpleasant character in all fiction, as Richard Dawkins claims in The God Delusion? He is backed up by former preacher and now virulent atheist, Dan Barker, who has cited Scripture, seeking to justify every one of Dawkins's infamous character slurs about the God of the Old Testament. Dawkins says the biblical God is "jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully." Barker has added eight accusations of his own. Dawkins was too kind, he says. The God of the Bible is also "a pyromaniacal, angry, merciless, curse hurling, vaccicidal, aborticidal, cannibalistic slavemonger." Furthermore, Barker thoroughly implicates Jesus in the alleged crimes of his Father. God is Good seeks to answer every one of these twenty-seven accusations. Written for theological students, pastors, preachers, thoughtful laypeople who wince at some of what they read in the Bible, and those atheists who are honestly searching for truth, this book ducks none of the difficult questions and problematic passages.
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The Supper

The Supper

Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God. Grand Rapids
, MI: Baker, 2011. Copan, Paul and Matthew Flannagan, Did God Really
Command Genocide? Coming to Terms with the Justice of God. Grand Rapids,
MI: ...

Author: Ronald P. Hesselgrave

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532675782

Category: Religion

Page: 292

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The Lord's Supper (or Eucharist) has often been a subject of intense debate in the church. What is often lost in this debate is the significance of the relationship of the Eucharist to Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples, which was a Passover--or Passover-like--meal. Moreover, the Last Supper connects back to various meals in Jesus' earthly ministry. And it looks forward to the great messianic banquet as fulfillment of Jewish expectations. In exploring these connections, this book focuses on the three motifs of "new creation," "hospitality," and "hope" in Christ. Most significantly, when we break the bread and drink the wine (or juice) together we are asserting the reality of the new creation in Christ, affirming God's grace, forgiveness, and cruciform love which is to be embodied in the Christian community, and anticipating the day when God's present and ongoing work of restoration, justice, and reconciliation will ultimately prevail. The Supper, then, is basically a condensed summary of the story of God's plan of redemption. Hesselgrave brings together biblical, theological, ethical, and social insights in a way that deepens our understanding of the meaning and practical significance of biblical texts related to this central ordinance of the church.
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Freely Gathered Communities of Faith and the Changes between the Testaments

Freely Gathered Communities of Faith and the Changes between the Testaments

In The Quest for the Kingdom of God: Studies in Honor of George E. Mendenhall,
edited by A. R. W. Green et al., 286–92. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1983. ...
Copan, Paul, and Matthew Flannagan. Did God Really Command Genocide?

Author: M. A. Erickson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781532692529

Category: Religion

Page: 142

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How can we make sense of the seismic shift between the Old and New Testament? From the early centuries of Christianity until today, many have wrestled with the complex changes between the Testaments, and how to make sense of them. The discussion and debate is spilling over into new areas today, and shows no sign of slowing down. In this fresh approach, the land, the sword, and the temple are traced from Old to New Testament, in order to find the central reasons for the tremendous changes that took place, and are still impacting the world today. Freely gathered communities of faith in Christ, as seen in their original setting, provide a key focal point for unlocking the radical changes that took place.
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Theodicy of Love

Theodicy of Love

23:29–33), aided by the “fear of Israel and Israel's God” going before them (Josh.
2:9, 24; 9:24), providing opportunity to flee (Exod. 23:27–31). Copan and
Flannagan, Did God Really Command Genocide?, 82. Although some texts
speak of ...

Author: John C. Peckham

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9781493415762

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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If God is all powerful and entirely good and loving, why is there so much evil in the world? Based on a close canonical reading of Scripture, this book offers a new approach to the challenge of reconciling the Christian confession of a loving God with the realities of suffering and evil. John Peckham offers a constructive proposal for a theodicy of love that upholds both the sovereignty of God and human freedom, showing that Scripture points toward a framework for thinking about God's love in relation to the world.
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Origins

Origins

... Did God Really Command Genocide? (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2014). Hill, “
Making Sense of the Numbers of Genesis,” 248. If this strikes you as odd,
consider this: Jesus called some of the Jewish leaders the sons (descendants) of
Satan ...

Author: Paul Copan

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 9781683509516

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Origins turns much of what Christians learned in Sunday School on its head in a revealing comparison of the Genesis narrative to the competing pagan narrative of the day. Relatively few Bible readers are familiar with the world of the ancient Near East, centered in Mesopotamia and its most prominent city, Babylon. The culture, literature, religions, geography, etc. of the early biblical period dramatically influenced what was written and why and without an understanding of these elements, the purposes, meanings, and structure of the text are easily misread by modern readers and reduces the primeval narrative to a collection of Sunday School stories. Origins, while acknowledging the agendas of modern readers, remains on track in expounding on the ancient agenda. Paul Copan and Douglas Jacoby address the doubts of those who find stumbling blocks in early Genesis, facing the tough questions head on and providing biblical solution to many of the “problem passages.” Origins surprises and amazes all seekers, new believers, and veterans of Scripture alike as it devastates the polytheistic, pagan assumptions and proclaims the true God.
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Holy War in the Bible

Holy War in the Bible

These controversial yet theologically vital issues call for thorough interpretation, especially given a long history of misinterpretation and misappropriaton of these texts. This book does more, however.

Author: Heath A. Thomas

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830884285

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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The challenge of a seemingly genocidal God who commands ruthless warfare has bewildered Bible readers for generations. The theme of divine war is not limited to the Old Testament historical books, however. It is also prevalent in the prophets and wisdom literature as well. Still it doesn t stop. The New Testament book of Revelation, too, is full of such imagery. Our questions multiply. Why does God apparently tell Joshua to wipe out whole cities, tribes or nations? Is this yet another example of dogmatic religious conviction breeding violence? Did these texts help inspire or justify the Crusades? What impact do they have on Christian morality and just war theories today? How does divine warfare fit with Christ s call to "turn the other cheek"? Why does Paul employ warfare imagery in his letters? Do these texts warrant questioning the overall trustworthiness of the Bible? These controversial yet theologically vital issues call for thorough interpretation, especially given a long history of misinterpretation and misappropriaton of these texts. This book does more, however. A range of expert contributors engage in a multidisciplinary approach that considers the issue from a variety of perspectives: biblical, ethical, philosophical and theological. While the writers recognize that such a difficult and delicate topic cannot be resolved in a simplistic manner, the different threads of this book weave together a satisfying tapestry. Ultimately we find in the overarching biblical narrative a picture of divine redemption that shows the place of divine war in the salvific movement of God.
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A Philosopher Looks at the Bible

A Philosopher Looks at the Bible

Does God command genocide as described in Joshua ( Joshua 11.19-20 ) or
does the compassion of God extend especially to children ( Matthew 19.14 ) ? All
of the ideas about God I have mentioned are found in the Bible . If they tell us ...

Author: Donald Wayne Viney

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015043091779

Category: Bible

Page: 48

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Categories: Bible

Is Goodness Without God Good Enough

Is Goodness Without God Good Enough

So what , everyone would say , if God orders genocide ( as he does at Samuel 15
: 1 - 3 ) ? Or if he ... God must not really have commanded these things , or we
must be wrong about what it is that he actually did command . For this sort of ...

Author: Robert K. Garcia

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 0742551717

Category: Religion

Page: 220

View: 149

Is Goodness Without God Good Enough contains a lively debate between William Lane Craig and Paul Kurtz on the relationship between God and ethics, followed by seven new essays that both comment on the debate and advance the broader discussion of this important issue. Written in an accessible style by eminent scholars, this book will appeal to students and academics alike.
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Abstracts

Abstracts

Israel can accuse and question God because God has certain covenantal
obligations to Israel . The psalmist ... I will employ modern ethical theory and
philosophy of religion to examine under what conditions God could command
genocide .

Author: American Academy of Religion. Meeting

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015081696844

Category: Bible

Page:

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Categories: Bible

What Is Truth

What Is Truth

This Critical Questions Discussion Guide by Paul Copan and Mark Linville provides a forum for exploring these questions in groups or individually. Here are the engaging insights of world-class philosophers and theologians to help you.

Author: Paul Copan

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830863540

Category: Religion

Page:

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There are some questions you can't avoid, no matter what you believe. The question "What is truth?" becomes more distressing every day. What's so wrong about being wrong? Am I a bad person if I believe something is true? Where does truth come from? This Critical Questions Discussion Guide by Paul Copan and Mark Linville provides a forum for exploring these questions in groups or individually. Here are the engaging insights of world-class philosophers and theologians to help you.
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Dissertation Abstracts International

Dissertation Abstracts International

... eschatological contexts of his doctrine demand the notion of summum bonum
to warrant the beauty of the cosmic order as well as to assure the elect ' s eternal
tranquil beatitude . ( Abstract shortened by UMI . ) Did God command genocide ?

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105020771056

Category: Dissertations, Academic

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Categories: Dissertations, Academic

The Westminster Guide to the Books of the Bible

The Westminster Guide to the Books of the Bible

Pagan neighbors would bring temptations to paganism . Other passages in the
Old Testament , as well as Jesus ' Sermon on the Mount , make clear that a fuller
understanding of God ' s will shows that God does not command genocide .

Author: William M. Ramsay

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105009744595

Category: Religion

Page: 564

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The Westminster Guide to the Books of the Bible is a much-needed comprehensive introduction to all the books of the bible, including the Apocrypha. Written in a clear, easy-to-read style, this book is an ideal learning tool for laity, students, adult study groups, and ministers. The one-volume format is convenient for individual and group study.
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Holiness and Politics

Holiness and Politics

For if one is not to obey laws of that kind why should one obey laws which
command genocide or adultery or even the wearing of safety helmets , if one
believes that God has forbidden them . Whatever St Paul may have meant in
Romans 13 ...

Author: Peter Bingham Hinchliff

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015013004356

Category: Christianity and politics

Page: 213

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Categories: Christianity and politics

Vixens Disturbing Vineyards

Vixens Disturbing Vineyards

This may very well be because the modern Jew is highly embarrassed with the
Mitzvah associated with Amalek . Perhaps Nazism and Hitler have replaced him .
Biblical scriptures record a relatively large number of instances of genocidal
activity on the part of the Israelites toward their neighbors ... 415 , Sheffield ( 2004
) : 75 - 89 ; Rivon Krygier , “ Did God Command the Extermination of the
Canaanites ?

Author: Aubrey Glazer

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105215489977

Category: Religion

Page: 688

View: 396

Written in a variety of disciplines, these essays rethink canonical texts through Harry Fox's rubric, contributing to the understanding of historical and textual moments of embarrassment and embracement. Contributors include Yaakov Elman, Paul Heger, Tirzah Meacham, Yosef Tubi, and the late Chana Safrai, as well as many students, colleagues, and friends of Professor Fox.
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The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas

The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas

How can Christians engage in communicating across worldviews in this pluralistic and often relativistic society? When Paul visited Athens, he found an equally multicultural and multireligious setting.

Author: Paul Copan

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830884094

Category: Religion

Page: 203

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Our world is multicultural, multireligious, multiphilosophical. It ranges from fundamental monotheism to do-it-yourself spirituality to strident atheism. How can Christians engage in communicating across worldviews in this pluralistic and often relativistic society? When Paul visited Athens, he found an equally multicultural and multireligious setting. From Jews to Gentiles, elite to poor, slaves to slave owners, from olive-skinned Gentiles to dark-skinned Ethiopians—the Greco-Roman world was a dynamic mix. Religious practices were also wide and varied, with the imperial cult of emperor worship being the most prominent. Many also frequented the temples for the traditional Greek pantheon, and participated in the secret rituals of the mystery religions. Seeking to embolden the church's witness in today's society, philosopher Paul Copan and New Testament scholar Kenneth Litwak show how Paul's speech to the Athenians (found in Acts 17) provides a practical model for Christians today. They uncover the cultural and religious background of this key episode in the apostle s career and they encourage believers to winsomely challenge the idols of our time to point contemporary Athenians to Christ.
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Why Would an All Loving God

Why Would an All Loving God

If God is all loving and all powerful, why does evil, suffering, death, and disease exist in the world?

Author: J. Quinton Friberg

Publisher: Bookbaby

ISBN: 0997332123

Category: Religion

Page: 218

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If God is all loving and all powerful, why does evil, suffering, death, and disease exist in the world? If God loves everyone, why does He command genocide in the Old Testament? Why does He send people to hell eternally? Why is slavery in the Bible? These difficulties have led millions away from the faith, and Christians must be prepared to answer these tough questions.
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The Joshua Delusion

The Joshua Delusion

Christopher J. H. Wright then offers a thoughtful response to Earl's provocative views. The book closes with Earl's reply to Wright and readers are encouraged to continue the debate.

Author: Douglas S. Earl

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781608998920

Category: Religion

Page: 190

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Many Christians wrestle with biblical passages in which God commands the slaughter of the Canaanites-men, women, and children. The issue of the morality of the biblical God is one of the major challenges for faith today. How can such texts be Holy Scripture? In this bold and innovative book Douglas Earl grasps the bull by the horns and guides readers to new and unexpected ways of looking at the book of Joshua. Drawing on insights from the early church and from modern scholarship, Earl argues that we have mistakenly read Joshua as a straightforward historical account and have ended up with a genocidal God. In contrast, Earl offers a theological interpretation in which the mass killing of Canaanites is a deliberate use of myth to make important theological points that are still valid today. Christopher J. H. Wright then offers a thoughtful response to Earl's provocative views. The book closes with Earl's reply to Wright and readers are encouraged to continue the debate.
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