Chapter

Animal Sacrifices

John Hare

in Divine Evil?

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199576739
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595165 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576739.003.0012
Animal Sacrifices

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In the Hebrew Scriptures God is represented as requiring a sacrificial system involving the deaths of many thousands of animals every year as a way to produce atonement for sin. This system is taken up in the Christian Scriptures as one of the most important ways to understand the death of Christ. But could a morally good God set up a system by which individuals are released from divine punishment for what they have done wrong because an animal or some other human being is killed? This does not seem to fit with our ideas either of individual accountability for wrongdoing or of the value of animal life. The chapter discusses these issues.

Keywords: Hebrew; Christian; Scriptures; animal sacrifice; sacrificial system; atonement; sin

Chapter.  9123 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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