Canaanite Genocide and another new (to me) blog

In the comments (which are perhaps more enlightening than the post) to The Bible wasn’t written for David Ker the eponymous David (or should be be called the pseudonymous Lingamish?) points to a superb article1 :

Randal Rauser. “‘Let Nothing that Breathes Remain Alive’ On the Problem of Divinely Commanded Genocide.” Philosophia Christi 11, no. 1 (2009): 27-41.

That neatly skewers every attempt to argue that a perfect God could order the Israelites to commit genocide. Rauser’s article makes harrowing reading, but is unflinching.


Randal also has a blog and is reviewing

Paul Copan. Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2011.

The first part of the review is charitable but again unflinching: “Is God a Moral Monster?” A Review (Part 1) again the comment thread is full of good stuff! I am eager for part 2 :)


  1. PS David helpfully points out below that I also have been a careless reader, it was actually, he says Mike Koke who pointed to the fine article. []

2 comments on “Canaanite Genocide and another new (to me) blog

  1. David Ker

    I wish I could take claim for that but it was in fact Mike K who I believe is Mike Koke that has previously interacted with Hobbins on the “is God a monster” topic. Unfortunately it looks like Mike has discontinued his blog but if you search John’s blog you’ll find several references to him.

    1. tim

      Ah, oops, you do seem to attract careless readers, even when it is not you but someone we imagine is you… or something ;)