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DarelRexMarch 11, 2018 at 1:57 pm
To comment a bit more: Suppose an ID skeptic asked me, “What about such-and-such God-mandated massacre in the Bible?” That strikes me as a reasonable question that deserves a very straightforward answer. If instead I replied, “That’s a logical fallacy; stop saying it,” then I would be entirely uninformative to someone who perhaps really does want to know how a Biblical massacre might be compatible with a pro-ID position.
My best attempt at a direct, honest, and hopefully informative answer to this person? To me, the overall evidence indicates pretty clearly that:
a) It is significantly possible that this story in the Bible did not occur. Or, if a big massacre did occur there-and-then, it is very possible that it was not commanded by our creator(s).
b) Our creator(s) probably don’t care about occasional massacres, not to mention equally bad (and much more frequent) natural disasters. All species on Earth suffer such things from time to time. C’est la vie — or in the case of highly intelligent humans, live and learn.
If my motivation was not scientific curiosity to know what actually happened, but rather a desire to promote the particular organized religion in which I was raised, then I would not be able to directly answer the Bible-massacre question, and might choose to resort to an uninformative deflection.