, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 117–135 | Cite as

Ethical Criticism of the Bible: The Case of Divinely Mandated Genocide

  • Wes MorristonEmail author


Taking as a test case biblical texts in which the God of Israel commands the destruction other nations, the present paper defends the legitimacy and the necessity of ethical criticism of the Bible. It takes issue with the suggestions of several contemporary Christian philosophers who have recently defended the view that (in Israel’s early history) God had good and morally sufficient reasons for commanding genocide.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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