Recently, the University of Notre Dame hosted a philosophy conference about the moral character of the God described in the Hebrew the Bible – the one who commanded rape and genocide and so on.
The university has made the entire conference available in streaming video on its website. There are ten major sessions, each about a specific topic, for example “Animal Sacrifices” or “What About the Canaanites?” Each session goes like this: the main speaker presents an argument attacking or defending the morality of the the Old Testament God in about 40 minutes. Another philosopher presents an opposite view for 15 minutes. The first speaker gives a 10-minute reply, and then there is a Q&A period.
The philosophers who attended include many of the top philosophers in the world – atheists and theists alike. You’ll recognize many of their faces from this page. And here they are, discussing a hot topic in Christian philosophy, free to watch! Ah, the internet is a glorious thing!
But many of us will not want to hear all the speeches from a web page. So I converted all the talks to mp3, organized them into folders, and uploaded them in one big ZIP file for you to download here. Enjoy.
Also see the philosophical debate over Paul Copan’s paper “Is Yahweh a Moral Monster?” at Debunking Christianity.
Update: The book from this conference has been released: Divine Evil?