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

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


Numerous critics of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have argued that God, especially in the Hebrew Bible, is often portrayed as morally vicious. For example, historical narratives in these texts apparently describe God as ordering or commending genocide, slavery, and rape among other moral atrocities; and other texts seem to portray God as commending bigotry, misogyny, and homophobia. The main chapters in this interdisciplinary volume fall into four groups: (i) the first three press objections by philosophers to the moral character of God as it is represented in the Hebrew Bible; (ii) the nex ... More

Keywords: Old Testament, Hebrew Bible, morality, problem of evil, moral character of God, inspiration, revelation, genocide, child sacrifice, Abraham, Amalek, Amalekites, Herem, Isaac, skeptical theism

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199576739
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576739.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Bergmann, editor
Professor of Philosophy, Purdue University
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Michael J. Murray, editor
Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor in the Humanities and Philosophy, Franklin and Marshall College
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Michael C. Rea, editor
Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame
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Michael Bergmann, Michael Murray, and Michael Rea

Chapter Abstracts

Michael Bergmann, Michael Murray, and Michael Rea

Part I: Problems Presented Philosophical Perspectives: Problems Presented

1 Does God Love Us?

Louise Antony

Reply to Stump

Louise Antony

Reply to van Inwagen

Edwin Curley

Reply to Plantinga

Evan Fales

Part II: Solutions Presented Philosophical Perspectives: Solutions Presented

Reply to Crenshaw

John Hare

5 God Beyond Justice*

Mark C. Murphy

Reply to Morriston

Mark C. Murphy

Reply to Draper

Eleonore Stump

Reply to Morriston

Richard Swinburne

8 Reading Joshua

Nicholas Wolterstorff

Reply to Antony

Nicholas Wolterstorff

Part III Theological Perspectives

9 What About the Canaanites?

Gary A. Anderson

Reply to Wolterstorff

Gary A. Anderson

Reply to Fales

Christopher Seitz

Part IV Concluding Remarks

11 God's Struggles

Howard Wettstein

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