In his book The God Delusion, atheist Richard Dawkins writes the following:
“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”
And, if book sales are any indication, a lot of people in our culture apparently either agree with him on that, or at least are considering doing so.
So today let’s ask the question that prompts point-blank: are atheists like Dawkins correct?
According to his own statement, all we logically need in order to determine the answer is the Old Testament itself. So let’s take a closer look at what it reveals about this topic.
I can only assume that Dawkins came to his conclusion via two main parts of the Old Testament:
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