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Christian Tractatus

(Text as at 12/08/2007 10:17:46)


The passages in the Bible that the common man would find morally repugnant are mainly associated with the earlier parts of the Old Testament (eg. the Israelite invasion of Canaan & the divine command to massacre the Canaanites, as recorded in the Book of Joshua).

  1. The Old Testament records morally repellent1 acts of a number of groups and individuals without condoning them: usually, such acts are condemned. Sometimes, the Bible is ambiguous and we are unsure, whatever our own moral viewpoint, whether the Bible is treating a particular act as virtuous, vicious or neutral.
  2. Certain laws of Moses2 (eg. those relating to homosexuality or filial disobedience) seem to be primitive, though some of them may have been more appropriate in the context of their times than they appear today. Others seem to be superstitious (eg. the determination of adultery by forcing the suspect to imbibe poisonous draughts).
  3. New3 Testament ethics have (almost) always been praised for their exalted character.
  4. Whatever may be our judgement as to the morality of the Bible, it is the case that all moral theistic systems run up against seemingly insuperable moral problems when faced with the reality4 of the world, especially the reality of innocent suffering.




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