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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

Bibliographic Information

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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