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Is God Arrogant? (Reading Paul Copan Together)

Is God Arrogant? (Reading Paul Copan Together)

It’s time at last to kick off my promised series, reading through Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster together. Ignoring two chapters of background material that’s not germane to our purposes, the meat of the book starts off in chapter 3 with a relatively easy question: Is the Old Testament God arrogant? Is he guilty of sinful pride? Nobody likes to hang around someone who’s haughty, arrogant, or overly aware that he or she is better than you. We…

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To Make the Charge Stick (Reading Paul Copan Together)

To Make the Charge Stick (Reading Paul Copan Together)

The first chapter of Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster raised very little reaction. It won’t always be that way in this Reading Paul Copan series. I thought it might be helpful to do some advance work on what it would take to make the charge of God’s immorality stick. This flowchart presents a graphical view of what’s required to get there. This should be useful in two ways. First, it helps us to name in advance some of…

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The Jealousy of God (Reading Paul Copan Together)

The Jealousy of God (Reading Paul Copan Together)

Paul Copan was more patient than I might have been in his chapter on the jealousy of God. He opens with three mini-vignettes: Recall Richard Dawkins’s put-down of God, claiming that he breaks into a “monumental rage whenever his own chosen people flirted with a rival god.” Popular TV icon Oprah Winfrey said that she was turned off to the Christian faith when she heard a preacher affirm that God is jealous. Bill Maher of Religulous fame (or infamy) has…

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“To explain God so that God makes sense without God”

“To explain God so that God makes sense without God”

I spent a summer in China back in the early 1980s. I was absolutely enthralled with the architecture, the commerce, and especially the language, which was the main thing I was there to study. I would have loved to go back and spend my life there, but it was not the path for me. While I was there, though, I kept wondering, What would it be like for this to feel normal? What would it be like for dragons and…

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