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Defending GodBiblical Responses to the Problem of Evil$
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James L. Crenshaw

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140026

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195140028.001.0001

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Disinterested Righteousness

Disinterested Righteousness

Questioning the Problem

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(p.177) 11 Disinterested Righteousness
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Defending God
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James L. Crenshaw

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195140028.003.0012

Given divine hiddenness, every depiction of God is a literary construct, and when reified, becomes a source of consternation to religious people. The book of Job dramatizes both the negative consequences of absolutization and the positive results of struggle for truth about God. Spiritual allegiance does not depend on external circumstances, for a truly devout person will serve God without thought of reward and punishment. Reflecting on the book of Job, Saadia Gaon grounds all worship in nature itself, noting that the creator has already bestowed life, the highest gift, on humankind and therefore owes us nothing.

Keywords:   hiddenness, construct, reified, Job, absolutization, truth, reward, punishment, Saadia, creator

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