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Publisher Description

A recent string of popular-level books written by the New Atheists have leveled 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.

Religion & Spirituality
January 1
Baker Books
Baker Book House Company

Customer Reviews

God seeker76 ,


Incredible, insightful and overwhelming profound in historical and spiritual profundity, regarding Creations loving and intentional God. If you are skeptical of The Lords intentions in The Old Testament and/or need encouragement and bolstering of your faith as a Christ follower, read this book.

Oliver Harper ,

Is God a Moral Monster

A profound discourse on theologically challenging issues in scripture in particular the Old Testament language and culture that provided clarity with respect to the issues of fallacy of presentism, the paradigm net that blindfolds the modern day Atheists or skeptics who challenge the apparent and perceived contradictions within scripture.

Chummy Cham ,

Great for both Christians and Atheists

Paul Copan sums up the New Atheist movement very well and gracefully exposes the errors in their primary attacks on Christianity. He has a very ”to the point", fact-driven writing style, unlike the emotionally charged, pithy statements of those he critiques. A great resource for Christians who struggle with old testament passages or atheists who want to avoid repeating dead arguments.

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