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

Paperback | December 18, 2012

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

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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 waysthe 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 whotakes a critical approach to the thesis defended in that essay, along with replies by the essay's author.

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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 port...

Michael Bergmann is Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University. He received his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Waterloo and his Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame. He has held fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Pew Charitable Trusts. He has published numerous articles in epistem...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:December 18, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Michael Bergmann, Michael J. Murray, and Michael C. Rea: IntroductionPhilosophical PerspectivesI: Problems Presented1. Louise Antony: Does God Love Us?Eleonore Stump: Comments on 'Does God Love Us?'Louise Antony: Reply to Stump2. Edward Curley: The God of Abraham, Isaac, and JacobPeter van Inwagen: Comments on 'The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob'Edward Curley: Reply to van Inwagen3. Evan Fales: Satanic Verses: Moral Chaos in Holy WritAlvin Plantinga: Comments on 'Satanic Verses: Moral Chaos in Holy Writ.'Evan Fales: Reply to PlantingaII: Solutions Proposed4. John Hare: Animal SacrificesJames Crenshaw: Comments on Animal SacrificesJohn Hare: Reply to Crenshaw5. Mark C. Murphy: God Beyond JusticeWes Morriston: Comments on 'God Beyond Justice'Mark C. Murphy: Reply to Morriston6. Eleonore Stump: The Problem of Evil and the History of Peoples: Think AmalekPaul Draper: Comments on 'The Problem of Evil and the History of Peoples: Think Amalek'Eleonore Stump: Reply to Draper7. Richard Swinburne: What does the Old Testament Mean?Wes Morriston: Comments on 'What does the Old Testament Mean?'Richard Swinburne: Reply to Morriston8. Nicholas Wolterstorff: Reading JoshuaLouise Antony: Comments on 'Reading Joshua'Nicholas Wolterstorff: Reply to AntonyTheological Perspectives9. Gary A. Anderson: What About the Canaanites?Nicholas Wolterstorff: Comments on 'What About the Canaanites'Gary A. Anderson: Reply to Wolterstorff10. Christopher Seitz: Canon and Conquest: The Character of the God of the Hebrew BibleEvan Fales: Comments on 'Canon and Conquest: The Character of the God of the Hebrew Bible'Christopher Seitz: Reply to FalesConcluding Remarks11. Howard Wettstein: God's StrugglesIndex

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"A solid, thought-provoking, and interesting book ... a reading feast of contemplation." --Peter Admirand, Philosophy in Review 18/05/2012