Divine Evil?: The Moral Character of the God of Abraham

Divine Evil?: The Moral Character of the God of Abraham

by Michael Bergmann, Michael J. Murray, Michael C. Rea
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199576734

ISBN-13: 9780199576739

Pub. Date: 01/07/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Adherents of the Abrahamic religions have traditionally held that God is morally perfect and unconditionally deserving of devotion, obedience, love, and worship. The Jewish, Christian, and Islamic scriptures tell us that God is compassionate, merciful, and just. As is well-known, however, these same scriptures contain passages that portray God as wrathful,

Overview


Adherents of the Abrahamic religions have traditionally held that God is morally perfect and unconditionally deserving of devotion, obedience, love, and worship. The Jewish, Christian, and Islamic scriptures tell us that God is compassionate, merciful, and just. As is well-known, however, these same scriptures contain passages that portray God as wrathful, severely punitive, and jealous. Critics furthermore argue that the God of these scriptures commends bigotry, misogyny, and homophobia, condones slavery, and demands the adoption of unjust laws-for example, laws that mandate the death penalty for adultery and rebellion against parents, and laws institutionalizing in various ways the diverse kinds of bigotry and oppression just mentioned. In recent days, these sorts of criticisms of the Hebrew Bible have been raised in new and forceful ways by philosophers, scientists, social commentators, and others.

This volume brings together eleven original essays representing the views of both critics and defenders of the character of God as portrayed in these texts. Authors represent the disciplines of philosophy, religion, and Biblical studies. Each essay is accompanied by comments from another author who takes a critical approach to the thesis defended in that essay, along with replies by the essay's author.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199576739
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/07/2011
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction, Michael Bergmann, Michael J. Murray, and Michael C. Rea
Philosophical Perspectives
I: Problems Presented
1. Does God Love Us?, Louise Antony
Comments on 'Does God Love Us?', Eleonore Stump
Reply to Stump, Louise Antony
2. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Edward Curley
Comments on 'The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob', Peter van Inwagen
Reply to van Inwagen, Edward Curley
3. Satanic Verses: Moral Chaos in Holy Writ, Evan Fales
Comments on 'Satanic Verses: Moral Chaos in Holy Writ.', Alvin Plantinga
Reply to Plantinga, Evan Fales
II: Solutions Proposed
4. Animal Sacrifices, John Hare
Comments on Animal Sacrifices, James Crenshaw
Reply to Crenshaw, John Hare
5. God Beyond Justice, Mark C. Murphy
Comments on 'God Beyond Justice', Wes Morriston
Reply to Morriston, Mark C. Murphy
6. The Problem of Evil and the History of Peoples: Think Amalek, Eleonore Stump
Comments on 'The Problem of Evil and the History of Peoples: Think Amalek', Paul Draper
Reply to Draper, Eleonore Stump
7. What does the Old Testament Mean?, Richard Swinburne
Comments on 'What does the Old Testament Mean?', Wes Morriston
Reply to Morriston, Richard Swinburne
8. Reading Joshua, Nicholas Wolterstorff
Comments on 'Reading Joshua', Louise Antony
Reply to Antony, Nicholas Wolterstorff
Theological Perspectives
9. What About the Canaanites?, Gary A. Anderson
Comments on 'What About the Canaanites', Nicholas Wolterstorff
Reply to Wolterstorff, Gary A. Anderson
10. Canon and Conquest: The Character of the God of the Hebrew Bible, Christopher Seitz
Comments on 'Canon and Conquest: The Character of the God of the Hebrew Bible', Evan Fales
Reply to Fales, Christopher Seitz
Concluding Remarks
11. God's Struggles, Howard Wettstein
Index

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