Drunk With Blood: God's killings in the Bible by Steve Wells

By Steve Wells

You've most likely heard of some of the tales during this booklet. Noah's Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, David and Goliath, perhaps. yet there are greater than a hundred others which are unknown to pretty well everybody. were you aware, for instance, that God: *Forced family and friends to kill one another for dancing bare round Aaron's golden calf? *Burned complainers to loss of life, compelled the survivors to devour quail till it actually got here out their noses, despatched "fiery serpents" to chunk humans for complaining concerning the loss of nutrients and water, and killed 14,700 for complaining approximately his killings? *Helped Samson homicide thirty males for his or her outfits, slaughter one thousand with the jawbone of an ass, and kill 3000 civilians in a a suicide terrorist assault? *Smote Philistines with hemorrhoids of their mystery elements? *Slowly killed a child to punish David for committing adultery? *Killed 70,000 simply because David had a census that he (or devil) advised him to do? *Sent a lion to kill a prophet for believing one other prophet's lie, one other lion to kill a guy for no longer smiting a prophet, and extra lions to kill people who didn't worry him adequate? *Killed 450 spiritual leaders in a prayer contest and burned 102 males to dying for asking Elijah to come back down from his hill? *Sent bears to tear aside forty two boys for making enjoyable of Elisha's bald head? *Killed Ahab for now not killing a captured king, after which despatched Jehu to kill all of Ahab's friends and family who had ever "pissed opposed to a wall?" All of those killings, and extra, are present in the Bible, and the God of the Bible is happy with each. Here's what he acknowledged approximately them: "I kill ... I wound ... i'll make mine arrows under the influence of alcohol with blood, and my sword shall consume flesh." -- Deuteronomy 32:39-42 those tales fill the pages of the Bible, but they're seldom learn in church and are overlooked via such a lot Bible believers. under the influence of alcohol with Blood brings them out into the open. It's time for us all to have a look.

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Plea for a Broad Understanding of Religion With his concept of the “post-secular,” Habermas has exercised a major influence on the discussion concerning the social significance of religions in recent years. The concept expresses the fact that modern societies not only have to gear themselves to the continued existence of religion, but that religions actively shape social life at different levels and in a variety of forms. Thus religions continue to play an important role even in liberal societies.

Situating Religion Within the Domain of Ethical Worldviews In order to be able to transform our understanding of religion in this way, we need to reflect on the definition of the relation between faith and reason, for Habermas’s reflection on religion turns on this relation, both at the level of ethics and at that of the philosophy of religion. This was already apparent in his Peace Prize speech, though also in his debate with the former Cardinal Ratzinger and in the present contribution. As regards its content, his interpretation of the relation between faith 1 This becomes especially clear in the controversy with Wittgenstein when Habermas remarks critically on the conclusions which can be drawn from a broad concept of religion (which draws on Wittgenstein): “The semantic closure of incommensurable language games grants esoteric doctrines equal status alongside religions and natural scientific theories” (Habermas 2007b, p.

This was already apparent in his Peace Prize speech, though also in his debate with the former Cardinal Ratzinger and in the present contribution. As regards its content, his interpretation of the relation between faith 1 This becomes especially clear in the controversy with Wittgenstein when Habermas remarks critically on the conclusions which can be drawn from a broad concept of religion (which draws on Wittgenstein): “The semantic closure of incommensurable language games grants esoteric doctrines equal status alongside religions and natural scientific theories” (Habermas 2007b, p.

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