Is God a Moral Monster?

by Paul Copan     |     Book Summary


Author: Paul Copan
Publisher: Baker Books
Date: 2011
Pages: 256

Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne


Many people struggle with some of the trickier moral quandaries presented by the various and somewhat confusing commands and standards called for in the Old Testament. “Plausible, sober-minded explanations and angles that present helpful resolutions and responses to perplexing Old Testament ethics questions” (p. 11) are possible if we search for them.

Most of these plausible explanations relate to an understanding of the cultural moment in which the Old Testament was initially written. With greater insight into the cultural and historical context of the Ancient Near East, the reader begins to see the bigger picture of a God who is far more gracious than monstrous and who is far more concerned with protecting the vulnerable than exploiting or being violent toward anyone. 

One must also realize that the Old Testament merely serves as part of the grander narrative arc of Scripture, which finds its ultimate fulfillment and climax in the person and work of Jesus Christ. This central truth helps the reader to view God’s claims and commands through the lens of the fulfillment of His promises that are all answered fully in Jesus Christ.





Is God a Moral Monster?

by Paul Copan

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Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne

AuthorPaul Copan
PublisherBaker Books
Date2011
Pages256


Overview:

Many people struggle with some of the trickier moral quandaries presented by the various and somewhat confusing commands and standards called for in the Old Testament. “Plausible, sober-minded explanations and angles that present helpful resolutions and responses to perplexing Old Testament ethics questions” (p. 11) are possible if we search for them.

Most of these plausible explanations relate to an understanding of the cultural moment in which the Old Testament was initially written. With greater insight into the cultural and historical context of the Ancient Near East, the reader begins to see the bigger picture of a God who is far more gracious than monstrous and who is far more concerned with protecting the vulnerable than exploiting or being violent toward anyone. 

One must also realize that the Old Testament merely serves as part of the grander narrative arc of Scripture, which finds its ultimate fulfillment and climax in the person and work of Jesus Christ. This central truth helps the reader to view God’s claims and commands through the lens of the fulfillment of His promises that are all answered fully in Jesus Christ.




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