Prof. Richard Dawkins famously once labelled the God of the Old Testament, “the most unpleasant character in all of fiction.” Whether we believe that the Old Testament is fiction or not, the God character it portrays is often assumed to be a colder, more violent, and more morally dubious deity than the Jesus we discover in the New Testament. Yet, when when we avoid baseless hearsay and do the hard work of examining the character of the OT God from the full scope of the text itself, we discover that the God that it presents is far from the capricious deity that Dawkins asserts him to be. In this episode of Short Answers, Gareth Black helps us to discover why this is the case, meaning that we may need to revise our assumptions about the character of the God of the OT.
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