Comments on ‘Satanic Verses: Moral Chaos in Holy Writ’

Alvin Plantinga

in Divine Evil?

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199576739
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595165 | DOI:
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relphiPhilosophy of Religion

Evan Fales offers ‘an argument from the moral knowledge we share to the conclusion that any sacred text that is morally depraved is either no genuine revelation at all, or reveals the character of a god unworthy of worship. Such a god is moreover not merely unworthy of worship, but deserving of moral censure. We have a duty to repudiate such a god.’ (107–8) This, though impassioned, is pretty abstract; a Christian might agree. But Fales means to go further. He argues or at any rate suggests that Christians who accept the Bible, including the Old Testament, as divine revelation do take as revelation a sacred text that is morally depraved and do worship a God unworthy of worship. In failing to repudiate—a fortiori, in worshiping—such a god, they are themselves immoral. This is strong stuff. Fales himself strikes a defiant pose: ‘who is this Lord that swaggers across the firmament?’ (108) ‘The tragedy of Abraham is…that he does not rebel.’ (106) Is this heroically Promethian? Or is it foolish hubris?...

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Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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