Vindictive Bully? Paul Copan on the

Morality of God


Friday: 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Saturday,: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm


Is the Bible silent on condemning slavery? Does the Bible endorse slavery? Does God command Israel to utterly destroy those living on the other side of the Jordan river? Doesn’t this mean the Bible is urging genocide? Does the Bible call for holy war? Doesn’t this legitimize atrocities committed by those who claim to be God’s people?

This is just a sample of the questions that are being asked in Canada today. Many people outside the Christian faith find verses in the Bible which lead them to ask these questions. Many Christians, when confronted with these verses and questions, do not know what to say or think. Come hear renowned Christian scholar Paul Copan address questions like the above – and the other similar questions that you have. We want you to have a mature confidence in the goodness and wisdom of the Triune God! So, bring your questions and your friends!


Plan to attend and have your knowledge of the biblical teaching on these matters sharpened and deepened. Come with your questions! Registration is now open.

Featured Speaker:
Paul Copan

Paul Copan (Ph.D., Philosophy, Marquette University) is a Christian theologian, analytic philosopher, apologist, and author. He is currently a professor at the Palm Beach Atlantic University (Florida) and holds the endowed Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics.

He is author or editor of nearly 50 books, including the very popular, strong-selling book Is God a Moral Monster? as well as its companion volume, the award-winning Is God a Vindictive Bully? He is coeditor of The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion, The Naturalness of Theistic Belief, Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues, and The Kalām Cosmological Argument (a two-volume anthology).He is coauthor of Creation out of Nothing and Biblical Ethics: Walking in the Way of Wisdom. He has also contributed essays to over 60 books, both scholarly and popular, and he has authored a number of articles in professional journals.

In 2017 and 2024, he has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford (Wycliffe Hall and Oriel College). For six years, he served as president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He also helped establish the PBA’s M.A. in Philosophy of Religion; PBA also a B.A. in Apologetics, and it offers a Program in Cultural Apologetics (which is heavily scholarshiped). He is co-chair of Tyndale Fellowship’s Philosophy of Religion Study Group, which meets every summer in England.

Early-Bird Student Registration: $19.00 (until August 30th)
Early-Bird Regular Registration:  $29.00 (until August 30th)
Student Registration: $29.00 (after August 30th)
Regular Registration: $39:00 (after August 30th)

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Click here to watch any of these Dialogues on YouTube.

November 6th – Gracious God or Moral Monster – Daniel Gilman Click here to find a list of suggested reading from Daniel.

December 4th – Classic Skeptical Challenges to the Christmas Story – George Sinclair & Ben Jolliffe

January 8th – Finding a Better Identity: Sexuality, Gender and Jesus – Jojo Ruba

February 5th – Good News or Fake News: Why should I trust the Bible? – Wesley Huff

March 5th – Divine Child Abuse or Good Friday: Why did Jesus Die? – Paul Carter

April 9th – The Witness of History and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ – Michael Haykin

May 7th – A Christian Response to Critical Theory – Cameron McAllister Click here to watch some introductory videos on Critical Theory.

June 11th – Clarity on Critical Race Theory – Brandon Cleaver

DIG & DELVE is an annual humble apologetics conference that explores the deeper questions that humans ask.

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The Dig and Delve conference helped me to uncover and test some assumptions that I didn’t even realize I had. It was beneficial to have an engaging conference that allowed me to be open with myself and think about why I believe what I believe.

Brady, uOttawa Student

I really enjoyed the Dig and Delve conference on the validity of the New Testament! Exploring the cultural context of the 1st century and the literary devices the Biblical writers would have used has helped me better understand the New Testament and the so-called discrepancies between different books and texts. As a student who has never studied theology or analyzed the Bible as intentionally as some of the other attendees, the talks were both accessible and thought-provoking.

Andrea, uOttawa Student

I really enjoy the depth of knowledge and expertise coupled with "out of the box" thinking on topics. This isn't a "sunday sermon" dragged out for a weekend, but theologians with expertise and understanding digging into issues without the bounds of religious epitomes encouraging you to think and come to your own conclusions.

Earl L.

I liked dig and delve because firstly it made me think about things that I might not otherwise think about in a manner I might not otherwise think about them. Also I loved learning about the topics put forward from experts in that field.

Rhys, 14yr old

Very friendly, very open. I enjoyed the fact that there was a lot of discussion and a lot of openness and it felt very anonymous. You were able to give your text messages and ask your own questions without having to really present yourself. I found, maybe not for me, but for the general public, I think that’s a really good thing. Being exposed to so many different types of thoughts, it really allows you come back to your own thought and your own faith, and really isolates exactly how you feel and to put it into better terms.


It’s a really neat experience to be able to listen to talks from people from all different backgrounds. Anything from philosophy to sciences to humanities. Every year it’s a little bit different, which is great because we have people from all different backgrounds and fields within the audience as well. So, I found it encouraging, it was challenging, it was thought provoking and it’s an overall wonderful sort of atmosphere.


It’s made me think of questions I never really thought of asking before. Or, looking at issues from an entirely different perspective, one that would never have occurred to me in my own natural mode of thinking.


I think it’s important to look at your faith critically and to really know that you know something because it’s logical and rational and not just because you inherited it from your parents. I think Dig & Delve is the most amazing opportunity to be able to look at a whole different bunch of perspectives from really knowledgeable people and use that information, that is so Biblically founded and researched so carefully, from these experts and to then apply it to your own faith, I think it’s just such a valuable tool in my faith walk that I couldn't miss it.

Marisca, UOttawa

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The organizers of the DIG&DELVE events hold to the historic, biblical, orthodox Christian faith. Our series of apologetics events stands within this tradition and deals with both classic and modern objections to the Christian faith. We seek highly qualified, articulate, and respectful speakers. Our sponsors are supportive of this endeavour but do not necessarily know every particular dialogue that will take place. The opinions expressed in each dialogue are the speaker’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizers or the sponsors.

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