Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of the Old Testament God

Paul Copan (2011)

One of the most strident charges of the New Atheists is that the depiction of God in the Old Testament makes him out to be an immoral, blood-thirsty, horrible, petty and provincial deity. Even many Christians struggle to understand some of the Old Testament laws, as well as God’s commands to destroy the Canaanites. In this book Copan squarely faces the most difficult challenges of Old Testament ethics and demonstrates that God is not a moral monster. He pays careful attention to the context and background of troubling passages, as well as observing how the Old Testament law was not a universal, timeless statement of perfect ethics, but rather a way of moving people to a higher ethical standard than they had held before, as well as preparing them for the perfect ethical teachings of Jesus Christ.

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