Is God a Moral Monster?
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Making Sense of the Old Testament God
Written by Paul Copan
Is the God of the Old Testament nothing but a bully, a murderer, and an oppressor? Many people today--even within the church--seem to think so. How are Christians to respond to such accusations? And how are we to reconcile the seemingly disconnected natures of God portrayed in the two testaments? In this timely and readable book, apologist Paul Copan takes on some of the most vexing accusations of our time, including: -God is arrogant and jealous, -God punishes people too harshly, -God is guilty of ethnic cleansing, -God oppresses women, -God endorses slavery, -Christianity causes violence.
The author not only answers the critics, he also shows how to read both the Old and New Testaments faithfully, seeing an unchanging, righteous, and loving God in both.
"The New Atheists have attacked the morality of the Old Testament with a vengeance. In honesty, many Christians will confess that they struggle with what looks like a primitive and barbaric ethic. Paul Copan helps us truly understand the world of the Old Testament and how it relates to us today. I recommend this book for all who want to make sense of the Old Testament."--Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College
"Most Christians today, myself included, are in dialogue with people we love who have been heavily swayed by the criticisms of Richard Dawkins, et al., against the morality of the Bible and its depiction of a horrific Yahweh God. What struck me in reading Is God a Moral Monster? is the degree to which we as Christians need to rethink in radical ways our reading and understanding of the sacred text if we are to have any persuasive reasoning in this ongoing exchange. Sometimes the real monster lies not so much in criticisms from 'without' as in our own holding to certain incorrect paradigms of thinking about the Bible. Aside from the apologetic importance of Professor Copan's work, of far greater value for Christians is the way in which his book forces us to reevaluate the very nature of the God we worship. Read this book. It will awaken your vision of God in wonderful ways!"--William J. Webb, professor of New Testament, Heritage Theological Seminary, and author of Slaves, Women, and Homosexuals
Paperback, 252 pages, Discussion/Study Question section, bibliography, notes
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