Is the Old Testament Moral? PART 5

In PART 4 of our series “Is the Old Testament Moral?” we looked at the death penalties listed in the Old Testament. We argued that God is right in ordering the death of certain people who commit certain sins. And He has no problem using regular people to carry out His penalties. If we successfully defended the notion of capital punishment for individuals than it should be possible to apply this same judgment on a large scale. In short, it should be possible to identify scenarios in which God asked people to carry out the death penalty on an entire tribe or nation. Continue reading “Is the Old Testament Moral? PART 5”

Is the Old Testament Moral? Part 3

This is perhaps one of the touchiest subjects for Jews and Christians to approach. Our modern Western world unequivocally condemns slavery. Yet as God was forming the nation of Israel in the Sinai desert, He included a form of slavery (servant-master contracts) as part of the fabric of Jewish society. How does a Judeochristian mind broach this subject? Continue reading “Is the Old Testament Moral? Part 3”

What Makes Us Human?

The question “what makes us human?” can appear like one of those mind numbingly esoteric exercises a philosophy professor would put his poor students through. Along the lines of “what makes a circle a circle?” Just something to make the brain chase its tail, leaving it exhausted and no better for the endeavour. Yet, as I hope to demonstrate, there is no other question that can be more dangerous to you and me if it is not answered correctly. Whether or not you are protected from your government or are stripped of all your rights by your government depends on the answer to the question “what makes us humans?” Are we biological machines, different from other machines only by our carbon-backed molecules and degree of complexity? If so, we will suffer a fate similar to machines when we lose our usefulness to our society: the refuse pile. Continue reading “What Makes Us Human?”