Randal Rauser

Can We Make Sense of the Canaanite Genocide?

Some people will be drawn to the book because they are troubled by the ethics of the genocide of the Canaanites. In the last fifteen years, the problem of biblical violence generally and the ethics of the Canaanite genocide, in particular, have exploded like a brush fire on a tinder-dry field.

If God Wants Us to Be Saved, Why Isn't Salvation Simple?

Several different reactions were evoked upon hearing that John McCain reportedly does not want President Trump to attend his funeral. Some were appalled at the sheer bitterness of such a comment. Those who are devoted to God, however, felt deep sadness over apparent entrenched unforgiveness in the heart of someone who has not long to live.

Everyday Miracles as Evidence for God

Archbishop of Canterbury William Temple once observed, "when I pray coincidences happen, and when I do not pray coincidences do not happen." Many Christians can resonate with Temple's wry description of answered prayer. Skeptics ask, "What about all the time when you prayed and those 'coincidences' didn't happen?"

A New Defense of the Historical Reliability of the Bible

Over the last few decades, Christian apologetic defenses of the historicity of the New Testament have typically pursued a minimal facts approach according to which one seeks to establish a basic set of core claims about the life and death of Jesus which are most widely accepted by biblical scholars. The fact is that there are other apologetic strategies which offer a more robust historical defense of the New Testament documents.

Is God's Love 'Reckless'?

Over the last couple months, I've heard the song "Reckless Love" played at two different churches. What should we make of the central claim that God's love is "reckless"?

Would a Loving God Send People to Hell?

Salvation is like fire insurance: it's simply too late to buy the insurance after your home burns down. If you miss your chance, all that is left is weeping and gnashing of teeth that you never purchased the policy.