Is God a Moral Monster?

you can find out one way or the other watching a video interview (done by Skype) with the author Paul Copan here.

The book, Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God (Baker 2011) is mainly written against the claims of the the New Atheists who have supposedly leveled the accusation that the God of the Old Testament is nothing but a bully, a murderer, and a cosmic child abuser, etc, etc.  Apparently this viewpoint is even making inroads into the church?  So, Copan suggests ways as to how are Christians to respond to such accusations.  And how are they to reconcile the seemingly disconnected natures of God portrayed in the two Testaments?

Seems like a good book to pick up some time.

for a less positive view from a newly minted OT Scholar go here.

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3 responses to “Is God a Moral Monster?

  1. Hey buddy, thanks for sharing my link on the book. To clarify, I am not in any way against what Copan is trying to do. I am simply against how he is trying to do it: weak and strained exegesis that functions in much the same way you attack your opponents for using, with an exclusive focus on reading the OT Christologically. Within Christian tradition this is certainly A (note the word, A, not THE) way to read the OT, but I contend Christians can learn quite a bit about God and humanity by reading the OT on its own terms as well.

  2. thanks for commenting John, sorry to miscontrue your thoughts. I agree that the OT should not be read exclusively through the lens of Christ though if a text can be read christologically we should not hesitate to point to Christ. But if it is questionable I agree we should just let the text speak for itself. Keep up the good work!

    • No misconstruing. You have very rightly evaluated my view of this book as a negative one. His task–wrestling with problematic divine behavior–is important and laudable. I’m just not persuaded he is doing it in the most convincing and even way. It is a poor defense he offers in my view.

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