Examining Divine Biblical Genocide: Reprobate Culture [Part 5]

Reblogging for future reference.

Bishop's Encyclopedia of Religion, Society and Philosophy

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Welcome to part 5 of this series. We will focus on common apologetic defenses of biblical genocide and the justifications given for them, and why they do not succeed as providing a rational justification for God’s commanding genocide.

Part 4 – We Don’t Understand the Depravity of Sin.
Part 6 – To Come.

A common justification of the Canaanite genocide is what we could term as “irredeemable” or “reprobate” culture. The charge is that the Canaanites were so morally corrupt and degenerate that they were beyond redemption, thus providing a rationale for extermination. According to Copan,

“So Yahweh fought on behalf of Israel while bringing just judgment upon a Canaanite culture that had sunk hopelessly below any hope of moral return…Yahweh issued his command in light of a morally-sufficient reason – the incorrigible wickedness of Canaanite culture” (1).

Copan argues that the only answer to such a culture is that…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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