Problem Number One

The “holy wars” of Israel are the single-most troubling ethical problem in the Old Testament. That is, according to Paul Copan, in Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God. So problematic he examines this issue in no less than four chapters. The problems go in a number of directions: Did [Read More...]

Is God a Moral Monster? 8

Is the Old Testament misogynistic? That is, does it convey or transmit a view of women as inferior. Copan says No. What do you think? Paul Copan, in Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God, sketches a series of passages/verses where he thinks the equality of women is assumed. He [Read More...]

Is God a Moral Monster? 7

In one of my classes a student, one who had grown up in suburban evangelicalism and who was developing some critical thinking skills, after reading Joshua, said, “There is no way God did what the writer of Joshua says God did.” Another student, who had grown up in a tougher world evidently, said, “God is [Read More...]

Is God a Moral Monster? 6

I’ve never taught Leviticus when students weren’t at least curious about the Old Testament food laws? The big questions are “Why?” or “What’s this stuff about?” Paul Copan, in Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God, examines food laws. Do you observe the food laws of the Old Testament? Do [Read More...]

Is God a Moral Monster? 5

Sometimes its the evident arbitrariness of an Old Testament law or, to use the words in this book by Paul Copan, the “weirdness” of a law, that calls into question the divine source of such a law or the wisdom of the law. Copan, in Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old [Read More...]

Is God a Moral Monster? 4

Not a few critics of the Bible have called into question not just the religion, but the deity connected to the religion. Not the least of the issues raised concerns the quality of morality in the Old Testament. Paul Copan, in Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God, examines this [Read More...]

Is God a Moral Monster? 3

When it comes to accusations against the God of the Bible, one of the most notable finger pointings concerns the sacrifice of Isaac — called the Aqedah (binding). (After the jump I provide the whole text from Genesis 22. Paul Copan, in Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God, examines [Read More...]

Defending the Old Testament God 2

Paul Copan, in his exceptionally helpful (and very timely) new book, Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God, defends the God of the Old Testament. One of the criticisms of the Old Testament God is that God breaks out into a monumental rage when his chosen people flirt with rival [Read More...]

Defending the Old Testament God 1

Paul Copan, in his new book, Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God, defends the God of the Old Testament. He cuts against the grain of one of the most popular and ill-informed criticisms of both the Bible and the Judeo-Christian tradition. Copan is taking a vital topic and he [Read More...]


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