Is God a Moral Monster? (pamphlet)

by Luke Muehlhauser on April 17, 2010 in Resources

god moral monster trifoldMark Davis has produced an awesome tri-fold pamphlet called Is God a Moral Monster? Like the “nontracts” from the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the anti-religious pamphlets from Normal Bob Smith and Cyberguy, this pamphlet of superior design can be easily printed from home in color or black-and-white and then distributed throughout your community.

You can distribute these pamphlets in person, or – more safely – just leave them in public places.

The two-page PDF is printed on both sides of a single sheet of paper, then folded in thirds so that the Farside cartoon appears at the front and the “Is God a moral monster? Any careful reading of scripture…” flap appears on the back. The inside left flap should read “Do you condone torture and murder?”

You’ll have to experiment with your printer to get duplex printing to work right, if your printer has that feature.

Otherwise, you’ll need to print the first page, put it back in the source tray a certain way, then print the second page. Once you get it to come out right, you can print 20 copies of the first page, then flip/rotate the stack the right way and put it back in the source tray, and print 20 copies of the second page.

Then you can tri-fold them all and pass them out!

If you have a color laser printer, print it on HP Tri-fold Color Laser Glossy Brochure Paper or similar. If you have a color inkjet or black-and-white laser printer, print to any paper of weight 160g/m² or greater.


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Roy Chang April 17, 2010 at 8:53 pm



bdforbes April 17, 2010 at 9:08 pm

I think I’d feel a bit like a street corner preacher if I were handing these out to people… I’ll probably just leave them somewhere.


Bill Maher April 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm

bdforbes, that would be like ChickTracts for atheists.


Rhys Wilkins April 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Sounds like a job for ManicStreetPreacher is you ask me!


lukeprog April 17, 2010 at 11:22 pm



Hermes April 18, 2010 at 6:19 am

There is a warehouse store that I go to where Chick tracts and other similar pamphlets are left behind constantly. I suspect that it’s someone who works there. I’m tempted to print out some of the Normal Bob Smith ones and tuck them inside any Christian tract I come across. Maybe this one?


cl April 18, 2010 at 8:39 am

Interesting: another point of similarity between atheism and theism.


Hermes April 18, 2010 at 8:58 am

Interesting: another point of similarity between atheism and theism.



Erika April 18, 2010 at 8:59 am

I had an uncomfortable experience where a friend answered the question “Do you condone torture and murder?” with, “yes, if God commanded it.” This pamphlet would be of no use with someone who has reached that conclusion.


Rhys Wilkins April 21, 2010 at 4:34 am

Oh sorry my comment sounded a bit fucked up. I was responding to the 2nd comment, and the “is” was meant to be an “if”.


ColonelFazackerley April 29, 2010 at 1:48 am

I usually remember dueteronomy 13 (murder your family if they believe different things) to argue with theists knocking at my door, or accosting me in the street.

Are there any modern accessible theological attempts to justify these classic passages?


simbel June 3, 2011 at 8:47 am

Oh, this is just wonderful! On behalf of UK skeptics I’d like to ask if the author would consider allowing for the creation of an adaptation of this as a European version for the local public here?


Nathan October 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Right up front – I am a Christian. But stay with me for a moment, because the logic here confuses me. There is no reality within which attacks on God’s morality can possibly be valid. The God of the bible either exists or he doesn’t. If the God of the bible exists, then there is no appealing to any standard of conduct higher than he, and questioning his morality is futile because moral laws are his own to enforce. As the rule-maker, such a God would act not out of duty to any standard of conduct, but rather only because he desires to act. Alternately, if the God of the bible does not exist, then on what grounds may he be challenged?

This tract presents reasons for why one may not *desire* to worship the God of the bible. I will grant there are reasons we all face for not wanting to obey God when our will is in opposition to his. But how does a desire (or lack thereof) make a case against the possibility of God’s existence? To put it another way, how does lacking a desire to obey equate to a lack of belief? I don’t see the connection. Thanks for your time and feedback, if it may be offered.


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