Dealing with Questions about God's Morality

One of the most frequent questions that seems to come up (a cluster of questions, really) is about the morality of God in the Old Testament.  Some examples are:

  • How could God forbid murder and then ask Abraham to kill Isaac?
  • How could God order the genocide of the Canaanite people?
  • Why would God command the killing of women and children when ordering the deaths of the Canaanites?
  • What about slavery?  Doesn't the Bible condone slavery?

While these are certainly important questions for Christians to be able to answer, there hasn't been much published which helped deal with these challenges.  Now, however, Christian Philosopher and author Paul Copan has published an excellent book that deals with all of these questions and more.  The book, written for lay audiences, is called Is God A Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old Testament God.  It was just released and should be available in your local bookstore.

Given that these are some of the more difficult questions for Christians to answer when our non-believing friends ask us, I thought I'd make everyone aware of this excellent resource.

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