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Is Religion the Main Cause of Wars?

Today’s blog post is about religious violence – in particular the claim that most wars and conflicts in the world are caused by religion. This claim is often made by so-called New Atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris who argue that violence is an inevitable corollary of religion’s being irrational, anti-science, and Continue reading Is Religion the Main Cause of Wars?

Did the God of the Old Testament Command Genocide? Part 3

THE NATURE OF THE COMMANDS

What was the rationale for Joshua's military campaign?
What was the rationale for Joshua’s military campaign?

In parts 1 and 2 of this series, we examined what the God of the Old Testament commanded the Israelites to do to the Canaanites. We discovered that Joshua’s mandate was to defeat the armies that opposed him in various locales – whether in cities, villages, fields, or the countryside – by killing everything that remained in those places during battle, whether civilians or combatants. In doing so, Joshua’s plan was to drive the nations out of the land by attacking strategic locales; his goal was not to Continue reading Did the God of the Old Testament Command Genocide? Part 3