Philosophia Christi 11 (1):73-90 (2009)

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Paul Copan
Marquette University (PhD)
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The divine command to kill the Canaanites is the most problematic of all Old Testament ethical issues. This article responds to challenges raised by Wes Morriston and Randal Rauser. It argues that biblical and extrabiblical evidence suggests that the Canaanites who were killed were combatants rather than noncombatants and that, given the profound moral corruption of Canaan, this divinely-directed act was just. Even if it turns out that non­combatants were directly targeted, the overarching Old Testament narrative is directed toward the salvation of all nations—including the Canaanites.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
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DOI 10.5840/pc20091116
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