Saturday, December 4, 2010

Book Review: "Is God A Moral Monster?"

Well, I may be starting a trend...another book review.

This time a new book by Paul Copan entitled; Is God a Moral Monster? Making Sense of The Old Testament God(2011) Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI.

This is an enlightening read, and is true of all Paul’s books, well crafted and researched.

What he has done with this book is to take his studies and research in biblical studies, philosophy of religion, Christian apologetics and compile it in a logical fashion to answer the critics of Christianity. Paul puts to rest the public perception that there is a difference between the “God of the Old Testament” and Jesus’ words of love in the New Testament, “…all men will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35); the seeming contradictions between the Old Testament and New that continue to plague Christianity today.

Chapter by chapter Paul addresses all the common fallacious understandings of the “New Atheists” that should have been shot down by most Christians a long time ago. Sad to say, most of these misunderstandings have been absorbed by atheists like Christopher Hitchens directly from sloppy teaching coming out of the church.

With outstanding apologetical verve, the chapters authoritatively address each of the common misunderstandings of the Old Testament…things like the “binding of Isaac”, to a more studied theological understanding of the “Kosher” food laws, to treatment of women and slaves, and finally a thorough, and to my mind, definitive look at the “massacre of the Canaanites”.

With sources like Richard Hess, Daniel Block and Mary Douglas to draw from, Paul has put to rest many of the errors of interpretation of the Old Testament still passed along today. All in all, this is a great book to strengthen any apologetics library and I recommend it for use in church classes and as supplemental textbook reading for understanding of the Old Testament.

So, you all need to order a copy! It should be avalible in stores soon, or order from Amazon, or direct from Baker Books.


Brian Auten said...

I received my copy the other day... looking forward to reading it in the new year!

Lisa said...

Thanks for your comment Brian, I am sure you will enjoy it!