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

Author(s): Paul Copan


A recent string of popular-level books written by the New Atheists have levelled the accusation that the God of the Old Testament is nothing but a bully, a murderer, and a cosmic child abuser. This viewpoint is even making inroads into the church. 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; and more. Copan not only answers God's critics, he also shows how to read both the Old and New Testaments faithfully, seeing an unchanging, righteous, and loving God in both.


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Paul Copan (PhD, Marquette University) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. He is the author of several apologetics books.

General Fields

  • : 9780801072758
  • : Baker Books
  • : Baker Books
  • : March 2011
  • : May 2010
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paul Copan
  • : Paperback
  • : General Adult
  • : 256