Is God a Moral Monster?
States the intent of a readable book but with notes for sources. Uses new atheists as springboard for discussion. Has some interesting general observations on the difficulty of Old Testament study and the variety of viewpoints.
Part 1 Neo-Atheism
p15 Ch 1: Who Are the New Atheists?
Met Daniel Dennett at Greer-Heard Forum at NOBTS and shared forum with he and Alister McGrath. Includes Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens to round out the "four horsemen" of the new atheists. Lists some historical atheists.
p20 Ch 2: The New Atheists and the Old Testament God
The new atheists "compile quite a catalog of alleged offenses" attributed to God
Part 2 God: Gracious Master or Moral Monster?
27 Ch 3: Great Appetite for Praise and Sacrifices? Divine Arrogance or Humility?
Copan easily wipes out this caricature. It really is silly to treat the Creator of the Universe as an equal who shouldn't ask for any recognition of that greatness.
34 Ch 4: Monumental Rage and Kinglike Jealousy? Understanding the Covenant-Making God
Richard Dawkins accuses God of "monumental rage whenever his chosen people flirted with a rival god"
Copan makes the case for good jealousy and bad jealousy, and the case that the jealousy of the covenant-making God is for the benefit of man. It is against idolatry.
p35 "God laments over Israel:'For my people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, to hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water'(Jer 2:13)"
Copan gives several examples of the disaster of idolatry. Uses the picture of adultery. Bible speaks of God's hurt at such idolatry. Quotes of Tim Keller and C.S. Lewis on p 40.
42 Ch 5: Child Abuse and Bullying? God's Ways and the Binding of Isaac
Part 3 Life in the Ancient Near East and in Israel
57 Ch 6: God's Timeless Wisdom? Incremental Steps for Hardened Hearts
70 Ch 7: The Bible's Ubiquitous Weirdness? Kosher Foods, Kooky Laws?(I)
79 Ch 8: The Bible's Ubiquitous Weirdness? Kosher Foods, Kooky Laws?(II)
87 Ch 9: Barbarisms, Crude Laws, and Other Imaginary Crimes? Punishments and Other Harsh Realities in Perspective
101 Ch 10: Misogynistic? Women in Israel
110 Ch 11: Bride Price? Polygamy, Concubinage, and Other Such Questions
124 Ch 12: Warrant for Trafficking in Humans as Farm Equipment? (I) Slavery in Israel
135 Ch 13: Warrant for Trafficking in Humans as Farm Equipment? (II) Challenging Texts on Slavery
150 Ch 14: Warrant for Trafficking in Humans as Farm Equipment? (III) Slavery in the New Testament
158 Ch 15: Indiscriminate Massacre and Ethnic Cleansing? (I) The Killing of the Canaanites.
169 Ch 16: Indiscriminate Massacre and Ethnic Cleansing? (II) The Killing of the Canaanites.
186 Ch 17: Indiscriminate Massacre and Ethnic Cleansing? (III) The Killing of the Canaanites.
198 Ch 18: The Root of All Evil? Does Religion Cause Violence?
Part 4 Sharpening the Moral Focus
209 Ch 19: Morality Without a Lawgiving God? The Divine Foundation of Goodness
216 Ch 20: We Have Moved Beyond This God (Haven't We?): Jesus as the Fulfiller of the Old Testament
223 Discussion/Study Questions
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