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God Beyond Justice

Mark C. Murphy

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/9780199576739.003.0015
God Beyond Justice

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Suppose that one aimed to call into question the moral goodness of the God of the Old Testament by appeal to God's command to destroy Jericho (Joshua 6: 16–21). In this chapter it is argued that the only plausible way to do so would be to show that by issuing that command God acted wrongly with respect to the Jerichoites in issuing that command, and it is argued that the only way to show that God so acted wrongly with respect to the Jerichoites is to show that God's issuing that command wronged the Jerichoites, for reasons brought forward by defenders of skeptical theism. It is then shown that we have good reason to think that, by nature, it is not possible for God to wrong the Jerichoites, for God and humans do not naturally share a dikaiological order.

Keywords: God; justice; skeptical theism; wronging; dikaiological order

Chapter.  8988 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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