- Title Pages
- Notes on Contributors
- Chapter Abstracts
- 1 Does God Love Us?
- Comments on ‘Does God Love Us?’
- Reply to Stump
- 2 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
- Comments on ‘The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’
- Reply to van Inwagen
- 3 Satanic Verses:Moral Chaos in Holy Writ
- Comments on ‘Satanic Verses: Moral Chaos in Holy Writ’
- Reply to Plantinga
- 4 Animal Sacrifices*
- Comments on ‘Animal Sacrifices’
- Reply to Crenshaw
- 5 God Beyond Justice*
- Comments on ‘God Beyond Justice’
- Reply to Morriston
- 6 The Problem of Evil and the History of Peoples: Think Amalek
- Comments on ‘The Problem of Evil and the History of Peoples’*
- Reply to Draper
- 7 What Does the Old Testament Mean?
- Comments on ‘What Does the Old Testament Mean?’
- Reply to Morriston
- 8 Reading Joshua
- Comments on ‘Reading Joshua’
- Reply to Antony
- 9 What About the Canaanites?
- Comments on ‘What About the Canaanites?’
- Reply to Wolterstorff
- 10 Canon and Conquest: The Character of the God of the Hebrew Bible*
- Comments on ‘Canon and Conquest’
- Reply to Fales
- 11 God's Struggles
- (p.121) 4 Animal Sacrifices*
- Divine Evil?
- Oxford University Press
In the Hebrew Scriptures God is represented as requiring a sacrificial system involving the deaths of many thousands of animals every year as a way to produce atonement for sin. This system is taken up in the Christian Scriptures as one of the most important ways to understand the death of Christ. But could a morally good God set up a system by which individuals are released from divine punishment for what they have done wrong because an animal or some other human being is killed? This does not seem to fit with our ideas either of individual accountability for wrongdoing or of the value of animal life. The chapter discusses these issues.
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