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Our scope here is to rattle evangelical norms that threaten biblical norms (as well as pretend we are smarter and more "spiritual" than we actually are).

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violence in the Old Testament

Is the Bible “Bloody, Brutal, & Barbaric?” (Part II)

How are Christians to approach troubling passages in the Old Testament, the so-called "texts of terror?" What are we to make of the conquests done by God’s own people in the Old Covenant, and in the name of God? And... Continue Reading →

What About Genocide in the Bible? Is the Bible “Bloody, Brutal, & Barbaric?”

  Christianity is known for making the claim of being nonviolent. Jesus, after all, allegedly taught his followers to “turn the other cheek," and to pray for those who seek their harm and undoing. Jesus even went so far as... Continue Reading →

Violence, Politics, & Grace in the Book of Judges

[Below is part 2 of David Beldman's Judges Commentary] In Part I of my review on David Beldman’s Judges commentary I went through three questions this commentary answers well: 1) (how) are the Israelite conquests relevant for today, 2) what is... Continue Reading →

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, Brian Zahnd (book review)

The question of there being discontinuity between the Old Testament (OT) and the New Testament (NT) is an important one, and is not at all a new discussion. Certain questions plague many Christians, such as the following: Does the OT... Continue Reading →

Violence in the Old Testament: a conversation with John Walton

Below you will find an interview I had the great honor of conducting with Old Testament scholar and author Dr. John Walton whose NIV commentary on Genesis I personally and enthusiastically recommend. The interview has to do with the relationship... Continue Reading →

Does Christianity Allow for Violence? A Look at Preston Sprinkle’s “Fight” (Part I)

By Jonah Sandford   As a serious student of the Bible, I find a kindred spirit in Preston Sprinkle. His thoughtful and earnest pursuit of well-grounded biblical theology shows in his work. His 2013 release, Fight: A Christian Case for... Continue Reading →

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