by Billy Roper
“Mixing the races is unnatural. While not directly a theological matter, it is a moral one. It is not a theological issue because terms such as “race” had no reference thousands of years ago. “Race” was not a separate category, abstracted from all else. There certainly were “races,” but these were not scientific categories in our modern sense.
The Israelites condemned race mixing but they did not have the modern conception of race in mind. Race was intrinsically connected with faith, adherence to the law, family life and an underlying, foundational culture. Most of the time, religious practice derives from a specific ethnic category, but conversion is always permitted. At the same time, the Old Testament sought to preserve the tiny Israelite people on both racial and…
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