Max Gerber] I am often asked whether I agree with the new group selectionists, and the questioners are always surprised when I say I do not. After all, group selection sounds like a reasonable extension of evolutionary theory and a plausible explanation of the social nature of humans.
He parades himself as a philosopher, but none of the professors of philosophy whom I consulted had heard his name either. Perhaps he is a "theologian".
For some years now, Craig has been increasingly importunate in his efforts to cajole, harass or defame me into a debate with him. I have consistently refused, in the spirit, if not the letter, of a famous retort by the then president of the Royal Society: I took pleasure in refusing again, which threw him and his followers into a frenzy of blogging, tweeting and YouTubed accusations of cowardice.
In an epitome of bullying presumption, Craig now proposes to place an empty chair on a stage in Oxford next week to symbolise my absence. But what are we to make of this attempt to turn my non-appearance into a self-promotion stunt?
But Craig is not just a figure of fun. He has a dark side, and that is putting it kindly. Most churchmen these days wisely disown the horrific genocides ordered by the God of the Old Testament.
Anyone who criticises the divine bloodlust is loudly accused of unfairly ignoring the historical context, and of naive literalism towards what was never more than metaphor or myth. And verses 16 and 17 are even worse: But thou shalt utterly destroy them" You might say that such a call to genocide could never have come from a good and loving God.
Any decent bishop, priest, vicar or rabbi would agree. But listen to Craig. He begins by arguing that the Canaanites were debauched and sinful and therefore deserved to be slaughtered. He then notices the plight of the Canaanite children.
Therefore, God does these children no wrong in taking their lives. What context could possibly justify them? Not the Canaanite adults, for they were corrupt and deserving of judgment.
Not the children, for they inherit eternal life. So who is wronged? Ironically, I think the most difficult part of this whole debate is the apparent wrong done to the Israeli [sic] soldiers themselves.
Can you imagine what it would be like to have to break into some house and kill a terrified woman and her children? The brutalising effect on these Israeli [sic] soldiers is disturbing.
A later post by Craig is — if possible — even more shocking. Referring to his earlier article above he says: If the Canaanite tribes, seeing the armies of Israel, had simply chosen to flee, no one would have been killed at all.
There was no command to pursue and hunt down the Canaanite peoples. Rather it was first and foremost a command to drive the tribes out of the land and to occupy it.
Only those who remained behind were to be utterly exterminated. No one had to die in this whole affair. Would you shake hands with a man who could write stuff like that?
Would you share a platform with him? Even if I were not engaged to be in London on the day in question, I would be proud to leave that chair in Oxford eloquently empty.What about the Canaanite Genocide? Atheist Richard Dawkins considers the war over Canaan to be one of the most morally atrocious aspects of the OT.
In his book The God Delusion, he writes,.
The Bible story of Joshua’s destruction of Jericho, and the invasion of the Promised Land in general, is morally indistinguishable from Hitler’s invasion of Poland, or Saddam Hussein’s massacres of. Joseph Stalin (born Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili; 18 December – 5 March ) was a Soviet revolutionary and politician of Georgian ethnicity.
He ruled the Soviet Union from the mids until his death in , holding the titles of General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from to and the nation's Premier from to Richard Dawkins — ‘The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unfor.
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They were the universe's "greatest defender", having saved the cosmos thousands of times throughout a long. 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.
• 3 Reality I'd like to suggest the Bilderbergers are just a distraction, a hardship post for the puppets, and controlled opposition. was a significant year, the battle of Dien Bien Phu, no doubt giving Kissinger an opportunity to advance his war-crimes-with-profits agenda.
I have a private theory that the hotel visitors dread private chat with Kissinger—the traditional 'Jewish' fear.