Treaty with the Gibeonites (Joshua chapter 9)

One of the enduring contradictions of the Old Testament is the command to treat strangers and foreigners well, alongside the command to destroy the nations who inhabited the ancient land of Canaan, the “promised land”. We see this contrast played out in the survival plan of the Gibeonites. But what does it all mean? I […]

The Real Enemy

Looking at the history of the church over the centuries, you might be forgiven for wondering whether Jesus Christ or the devil is more important.  It’s an interesting concept, and one I’ve heard many times before: “There is no stronger bond of friendship than a mutual enemy.” (Frankfort Moore).  Of course, the traditional enemy of […]

The Sacrifice of Isaac, the Crucifixion of Jesus, and the God of Love

“Why, in the story of Abraham and Isaac, did no-one suggest that human sacrifice is wrong, or that Abraham had no right to human-sacrifice his child?” (from Paul, The Bible for Atheists #5) How did idolatry and the sacrificial system begin? The Bible does not attempt to explain the existence of idolatry and the sacrificial […]

Religion, Life after death, and Jesus (The Bible for Atheists #3)

“Jesus was a man created by the Romans 4k years ago, the same as heaven and hell. It was put in place to keep the masses under control. Just another Hans Christian Andersen story. When we leave this world we’re all going to the same place. It’s like Kerry Packer said, when he died 5 […]