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Show Them No Mercy: 4 Views on God and Canaanite Genocide

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  16 reviews
A Counterpoints book that discusses various contemporary views held by evangelicals on God's command to the Israelites to destroy utterly the Canaanites and how each view sees the relationship between this God of the Israelites and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has commanded us to love our enemies.
ebook, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Zondervan (first published April 1st 2003)
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Joshua D.
Jun 02, 2014 Joshua D. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pastors, theologians, folks having trouble reading the Old Testament
I had the rather unpleasant task of reading hundreds of pages about the Canaanite genocide over the last few days. Show Them No Mercy was, hands down, the most helpful resource. As is the case with all books in the Counterpoints series, 4 different perspectives were given. Each of the four scholars had about 40 pages to explain and make their case. Then the other three offered reflections on critiques to the initial essay. This is a very useful approach, enabling each of the writers to make thei ...more
Josh Davis
Really enjoyed this style. Four authors with different views get to state their case and respond to the other three viewpoints. This was a pretty good overview of the issue of genocide in the Old Testament, and really, the larger question of how do Christians deal with the Old Testament. The only reason I give it less than 5 stars is that a couple of the viewpoints are mostly indistinguishable from one another, and I felt like all 4 viewpoints left out a couple of salient and relevant points.

Andy Kline
This book was helpful to me because it helped me think and pray better.

The back cover claims all four writers’ views were within the evangelical tradition, but I question whether this is true of C.S. Cowles' position.

I enjoyed Cowles because he refused to use “Christianese” or allegory to gloss over the horror of the conquest. On the other hand his responses to the other writers seemed sledgehammer like and angry – almost disdainful.

Merrill, as a good historical/grammatical interpreter does a m
The other John
Jesus loves me,
This I know
For the Bible
Tells me so...

Ah, if only theology were so easy. The problem is, if you actually read the Bible, you might get confused. You read of a God who loved humanity so much that He would let His Son be killed to pay for their sins. But you also read of a God who rains down fire and brimstone on a defenseless city; who apparently sanctions the genocide of certain peoples. What's up with that? Are we talking about two different gods here? Was God just off his meds t
This was a great book featuring 4 concise and very different perspectives on the "Canaanite Genocide" in the Old Testament. Again, the beauty of these "4 Views" books is that you get to digest 4 very different views of the same topic, it is short and to the point, and you get to see the interaction between the authors as they critique each other.

At the heart of this discussion lies the reliability of Scripture, the nature of God, and the nature of sin, to name just a few doctrines. Not an easy
Jeffrey Backlin
One of the hardest objections/problems that I personally have against Christianity. This book offers four "solutions" to it.
Josh Meares
I like the Counterpoint series because it shows hold real scholars defend their positions and respond to others arguments. The reason I only give three stars is because three of the four positions were fairly similar and the other position was very weakly argued.

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Paul Jeon
I always enjoy this series as they present different perspectives on relevant and difficult questions. One often finds agreement and disagreement with all positions. The series also demonstrates how devoted and brilliant Christians can disagree--profoundly so--without being disagreeable. This isn't the same, of course, as saying there isn't a "right answer."
It's really good if you want to get some different interpretations on the violence behind the Old Testament. The last two views are really similar, but different perspectives are better than no perspectives.

If you get angry over viewpoints that show your religion in a semi bad light, then don't read it, because it should be read with an open mind.

Thorny issue. Is the God who calls for genocide in the OT the same God as in the NT? Discontinuity vs. Continuity. Unfortunately, the 4 viewpoints by theologians contain more -isms than the dictionary. An issue sorely in need of a popular exposition. Does anyone know of a good one?
G Walker
Not bad, but not great. Worth having. Longman and Merrill have some very helpful insights... Would have appreciated some historical theology by way of perspective too... or maybe an Eastern look... but overall not a bad contribution to the otherwise hit and miss series.
Timothy Bandi
Great book. The counterpoints style of the book makes it not only objective but balanced in such a way that any dogmatic or biased opinions of this topic you may have had must have been utterly destroyed.Perhaps God himself destroyed them. Ha-ha!
Zeke Vas
This book helped me understand others position on the subject and gave me tid bits of answers but ultimately I found it wanting.
Tyler Walsh
Still had a lot of questions afterwards. Good info, but I felt like the question of God's character went largely unanswered.
Anika Qing
Helpfully thought-provoking, though I disagreed with C.S. Cowles' essay vehemently.
I had to read this for a graduate course in the humanities. Ugh!
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