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Divine Evil?The Moral Character of the God of Abraham$
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Michael Bergmann, Michael J. Murray, and Michael C. Rea

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576739.001.0001

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God Beyond Justice

God Beyond Justice

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Divine Evil?

Mark C. Murphy

Oxford University Press

Suppose that one aimed to call into question the moral goodness of the God of the Old Testament by appeal to God's command to destroy Jericho (Joshua 6: 16–21). In this chapter it is argued that the only plausible way to do so would be to show that by issuing that command God acted wrongly with respect to the Jerichoites in issuing that command, and it is argued that the only way to show that God so acted wrongly with respect to the Jerichoites is to show that God's issuing that command wronged the Jerichoites, for reasons brought forward by defenders of skeptical theism. It is then shown that we have good reason to think that, by nature, it is not possible for God to wrong the Jerichoites, for God and humans do not naturally share a dikaiological order.

Keywords:   God, justice, skeptical theism, wronging, dikaiological order

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