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Defending God Biblical Responses to the Problem of Evil

ISBN-10: 0195140028

ISBN-13: 9780195140026

Edition: 2004

Authors: James L. Crenshaw

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In the ancient Near East, when the gods detected gross impropriety in their ranks, they subjected their own to trial. When mortals suspect their gods of wrongdoing, do they have the right to put them on trial? What lies behind the human endeavor to impose moral standards of behavior on the gods? Is this effort an act of arrogance, as Kant suggested, or a means of keeping theological discourse honest? It is this question James Crenshaw seeks to address in this wide-ranging study ofancient theodicies. Crenshaw has been writing about and pondering the issue of theodicy - the human effort to justify the ways of the gods or God - for many years. In this volume he presents a synthesis of his ideas on this perennially thorny issue. The result sheds new light on the history of thehuman struggle with this intractable problem.
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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/21/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

The atheistic answer : abandoning the quest
Alternative gods : falling back on a convenient worldview
A demon at work : letting benevolence slip
Limited power and knowledge : accentuating human freedom
Split personality : reconciling justice with mercy
A disciplinary procedure : stimulating growth in virtue
Punishment for sin : blaming the victim
Suffering as atonement : making the most of a bad thing
Justice deferred : banking on life beyond the grave
Mystery : appealing to human ignorance
Disinterested righteousness : questioning the problem