Since Jesus Loves Canaanites was released, I have been asked on several occasions about Michael Heiser’s claim that the Canaanite conquest should be viewed as an attempt to eradicate subhuman descendents of the nephilim. Here is Heiser’s own summary of the view: “My view is that it wasn’t indiscriminate at all, and that wholesale genocide wasn’t the […]
Quick Replies to William Lane Craig’s Bad Talking Points on the Canaanite Genocide
William Lane Craig has made truly impressive contributions to a range of deep philosophical and theological topics. His defense of biblical atrocities like the Canaanite genocide is a notable exception. In this article, I offer some responses to excerpts from his response to a listener question about the Canaanite genocide. Craig says: “The slaughter of […]
Did God Command the Slaughter of the Canaanites? A Debate
The Extraordinary Evil of Dehumanizing Rhetoric Against the Canaanites
Today, I was reading commentaries on Proverbs 20:30, a verse which commends physically beating people as a way to inculcate wisdom and goodness in them: “Blows and wounds scrub away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being.” (Imagine how much pain and anguish has been inflicted on people as those in power cauterized their feelings […]
Frank Turek on the Slaughter of the Canaanites. And My Response.
The perfectly awful apologetic defense of the Canaanite slaughter in this clip concisely captures why I wrote Jesus Loves Canaanites. Let’s begin with the video (it’s only six minutes). I’ll then post my commentary below. ? The video begins with a question posed by the moderator of what appears to be an in-church training event. […]
Quick Thought on Canaanite Genocide and the Brutalizing Effects of Violence
You can’t hire a guy to work 9-5 in a slaughterhouse and not expect that to affect how he interacts with animals outside the workplace. The same principle applies in war. People can only sustain the cognitive dissonance introduced by combat situations for so long before it affects their character generally. The history of war […]
On William Lane Craig’s defense of the Canaanite genocide (Part 4)
In this article I continue my critique of William Lane Craig’s “Reasonable Faith” podcast episode “Richard Dawkins and Driving out the Canaanites.” In this fourth installment I will critique Craig’s appeal to Israel’s status as a theocracy. We join the podcast in progress as it approaches the 6 minute mark and Craig states: “This is not a […]
Crematoria for the Canaanites?
The other day I was speaking with a friend who had recently returned from a trip to Germany. The trip to Auschwitz was certainly not the “high point” of his trip, but it was undoubtedly the most emotionally arresting, memorable part. Since I’ve never been I could only listen to his chilling description and imagine […]