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"The Bible Teaches Slavery"

"The Bible Teaches Slavery"

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Answering the New Village Atheists:
What Every Christian Should Know
From the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast\u2014
Hank Hanegraa\ufb00

Whether or not you support Barack Obama as a politician,
it is hard not to be impressed by his forthrightness with
respect to religious convictions. Indeed, according to
Obama, \u201cto say that men and women should not inject their
personal morality into public policy debates is a practical
absurdity.\u201d What Obama gives with one hand, however,
he takes with the other. On one hand, he voices respect for
religious convictions and personal morality. On the other,
he substantially undermines the foundation on which they
are grounded. In his \u201cCall to Renewal\u201d keynote address
to religious leaders, Obama asks, \u201cWhich passages of
Scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go
with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is okay and that
eating shell\ufb01 sh is an abomination? Or we could go with
Deuteronomy which suggests stoning your child if he strays
from the faith.\u201d1

While I applaud Obama\u2019s injection of religious dialogue
into public policy debates, I am appalled by the manner in

which he mischaracterizes and marginalizes Scripture in the process. Indeed, nowhere does the Bible suggest that slavery is okay. Nor does the Bible suggest stoning your child should he stray from the faith.

It is worth noting that Obama\u2019s mischaracterizations are
eerily similar to those voiced by President Bartlet in the once
wildly popular television series The West Wing. Not only so,
but his mischaracterizations are comparable to those now
being voiced by a crass new breed of anti-theists who make
similar charges, albeit in a far more strident and expanded

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Christopher Hitchens, contributing editor to Vanity Fair,
is a classic case in point. In god is not Great: How Religion
Poisons Everything, Hitchens goes so far as to say that

\u201cthe Bible contains a warrant for tra\ufb03cking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price and for indiscriminate massacre.\u201d2

Like Hitchens, Oxford professor Richard Dawkins
continually spews forth breathtaking blasphemies. In
the New York Times bestselling book, The God Delusion,
Dawkins writes, \u201cThe God of the Old testament is
arguably the most unpleasant character in all\ufb01ction:
jealous and proud of it; a pet y, unjust, unforgiving
control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a
misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal,

\ufb01 licidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic,
capriciously malevolent bully.\u201d3 Dawkins also vacuously
asserts that \u201ca designer God cannot be used to explain

organized complexity because any God capable of
designing anything would have to be complex enough to
demand the same kind of explanation in his own right.
God presents an in\ufb01 nite regress from which he cannot

help us to escape.\u201d Thus, says Dawkins, \u201cThe whole
argument turns on the familiar question, \u2018Who Made

Not to be outdone, Bart Ehrman, Chair of the Religious
Studies Department at the University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill, makes a plethora of accusations against the
Bible and its authors. While still a student at Princeton
Theological Seminary, he submited a long and complex
paper atempting to resolve a supposed di\ufb03culty in Mark
2. The Gospel writer records Jesus stating that David ate
the show bread \u201cin the days of Abiathar the high priest\u201d

(v.26), although the Old Testament account indicates
David ate the show bread when Abiathar\u2019s father,
Ahimelech, served as high priest (cf. 1 Samuel 21:1-16).

While reading Ehrman\u2019s paper, his professor scribbled in
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