Reply to Fales

Christopher Seitz

in Divine Evil?

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199576739
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595165 | DOI:
Reply to Fales

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The response from Evan Fales was difficult to assess. For the purpose of this response I will only indicate some areas of confusion and for further discussion.

1. Fales does not address historical-critical work on the Conquest and its limitations, which was a major theme of my chapter (how do diachronic methods create a plausible account of the date of the narratives in question, but avoid the moral question by breaking up the canonical presentation?). At one point he attributed to me a view I rejected: that speaking of ideal accounts from Deuteronomy did not resolve the moral problem. I nowhere called the account of Judges ideal and indeed classified it as the account historical criticism called frank and un-ideal. Fales lumps Deuteronomy and Judges together in ways that confused my account. I am not sure he understood the argument....

Chapter.  1639 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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