Talk

God of the Old Testament vs. God of the New Testament

Date recorded: 20 May 2018 | Speaker: Paul Copan | Event: ELF Theologians Network
God of the Old Testament vs. God of the New Testament

Description

Influential thinkers such as Eric Seibert, Peter Enns, and Greg Boyd have given the impression that there is a wide chasm between representations of God in the Old Testament and the God Jesus perfectly reveals in the New—a God who is non-violent and loving. If someone issues commands to drive out the Canaanites or to engage in other forms of coercive force, this must be Moses or Joshua doing so because of their fallen, violence-prone, ancient Near Eastern cultural conditioning (the “textual” God rather than the “actual” non-violent, enemy-loving God). This talk argues that “the kindness and severity of God” (Romans 11:22) are manifested in both testaments and that, despite discontinuities, important continuities also exist.