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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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Reply to Morriston

Reply to Morriston

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(p.232) Reply to Morriston
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Divine Evil?
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Swinburne Richard

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576739.003.0023

I claimed that if the Bible (including the Old Testament) is to be understood as ‘revelation [from God] without error’, it should be the Bible interpreted in the way that some of the Fathers taught us; that is in the light of Christian doctrine (including Christian moral teaching) and scientific knowledge. God's ‘inspiration’ of the Bible might involve God's inspiration not of the first author of short passages but of compilers of these into larger units. So there is no need to hold (and I don't hold) that God had any role in inspiring the first human author of Psalm 137: 9. But what I refuse to say is what Professor Morriston seems to want to say of that verse and other passages which he regards as morally inadequate, that they are simply false: ‘They don't speak for God.’ And why I refuse to say this is because I think that these passages have different meanings according to the context in which they are inscribed. And when regarded as part of the Christian Bible, and interpreted in the way that that demands, they certainly do ‘speak for God’....

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