I was recently asked to respond to a new teaching popular in some Reformed circles according to which empathy is a sin. The article that provides the basis for my understanding of this teaching is titled “Have you heard the one about empathy being a sin?” The author, Mark Wingfield, is attempting to summarize the […]
My book Jesus Loves Canaanites has garnered two 1-star reviews at Amazon since its release in April. In this article, I’m going to review the reviews. Review 1 Here’s the first: A Thoroughly Un-Christian Book Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2021 If Rauser didn’t claim to be a Christian then you wouldn’t […]
A brief survey of eight distinct problems of biblical violence that every Christian needs to consider. ?
In this video, I have a conversation with my brother, Rick Rauser, about the reality of clinical depression. ?
I had a copy of this book, Reasons Skeptics Should Consider Christianity by Josh McDowell and Don Stewart, back in the 1980s (although my edition was colored green). I studied it closely and compiled notes of the main arguments on the typewriter, short bullet points that I memorized for debate. (In fact, I refer to the […]
I 1 Corinthians 6:10, Paul tells us that drunkards are unrighteous and that they will not inherit the Kingdom of God. In short, Paul seems to view the alcoholic as a wicked sinner in rebellion against God. But what if we think about alcoholism from the perspective of modern psychiatry as primarily a therapeutic rather […]
Beth Allison Barr, The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth. Brazos Press, 2021. In 2016, Beth Allison Barr’s husband lost his job as a youth pastor, a position he had held for more than fourteen years. The reason? He dared challenge the church’s complementarian stance on women in ministry. The church […]
In this video, I explain how, in virtue of his human psychology, Jesus gained wisdom and knowledge over time and this would include Jesus having held beliefs at one time which he later came to recognize as false. ?
Genocide apologetics is the enterprise of attempting to defend the ethics of a historical reading of the conquest of Canaan, one which meets the legal definition of genocide. In other words, it aims to argue that genocide is really not intrinsically evil and in some cases, it may even be morally praiseworthy. In Jesus Loves Canaanites […]
Greg Boyd’s book “The Crucifixion of the Warrior God” has been widely praised for offering a provocative non-violent account of biblical violence. But a closer look reveals the book actually attributes surprisingly violent actions and intentions to God. ?
In this video, I offer a critique of William Lane Craig’s recent defense of the Canaanite conquest which amounts to a failed attempt to defend ethnic cleansing and genocide. ?
Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan offer extensive critiques of my views in their book Did God Really Command Genocide? In turn, I devoted most of a chapter on what I called “The Just War Interpreters” to an extensive critique of their ‘kinder, gentler’ interpretation of the Canaanite genocide by demonstrating that it collapses into ethnic cleansing […]