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Did God Really Command Genocide?: Coming to Terms with the Justice of God
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Did God Really Command Genocide?: Coming to Terms with the Justice of God

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Baker 2014

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Would a good, kind, and loving deity ever command the wholesale slaughter of nations? We often avoid reading difficult Old Testament passages that make us squeamish and quickly jump to the enemy–loving, forgiving Jesus of the New Testament. And yet, the question remains.

In the tradition of his popular Is God a Moral Monster?, Paul Copan teams up with Matthew Flannagan to tackle some of the most confusing and uncomfortable passages of Scripture. Together they help the Christian and nonbeliever alike understand the biblical, theological, philosophical, and ethical implications of Old Testament warfare passages.

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For more works by Paul Copan, check out the Paul Copan Apologetics Collection.

Key Features

  • Summarizes and answers the arguments against Old Testament portrayal of God
  • Defends the morality of God in the Old Testament
  • Provides ways to understand the role of religion and violence today

Praise for the Print Edition

Divine violence in the Bible is a theme that has aroused the ire of atheists and the discomfort and confusion of many Christians. Copan and Flannagan address the arguments of the atheists who use these texts to undermine belief and confidence in God. Not only are they adept at biblical interpretation and philosophy as they effectively counter this challenge, but they also write in a deeply compelling way that will appeal to both students and laypeople.

Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry professor of biblical studies, Westmont College

In their wide–ranging book, Copan and Flannagan go beyond standard treatments of Old Testament warfare; they incorporate biblical, theological, philosophical, ethical, legal, and historical perspectives on a much–debated but often misunderstood topic.

William Lane Craig, research professor of philosophy, Talbot School of Theology

This brave, hard–nosed, and wide–ranging study constitutes a serious attempt at facing all the varied aspects of a question that troubles so many people. Well done!

John Goldingay, David Allan Hubbard professor of Old Testament, Fuller Theological Seminar

Product Details

  • Title: Did God Really Command Genocide?: Coming to Terms with the Justice of God
  • Authors: Paul Copan and Matt Flannagan
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 352
  • Christian Group: Evangelical
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Apologetics

About the Authors

Paul Copan is the Pledger Family chair of philosophy and ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. He is the author of several popular apologetics books, including Is God a Moral Monster?, That’s Just Your Interpretation: Responding to Skeptics Who Challenge Your Faith and When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics.

Matt Flannagan is a researcher and a teaching pastor at Takanini Community Church in Auckland, New Zealand.

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