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A Plausible GodSecular Reflections on Liberal Jewish Theology$
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Mitchell Silver

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226818

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226818.001.0001

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The Usefulness of a Plausible God

The Usefulness of a Plausible God

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(p.40) 5 The Usefulness of a Plausible God
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A Plausible God
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Mitchell Silver

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226818.003.0005

This chapter examines the theologians' credible God's candidacy for belief by the standard of usefulness. It introduces a baseline God of the theologians, the God that will be tested for utility. In addition to the theologians' God and its variants, the chapter also provides a conception of a “traditional” God. When appraising the theologians' God's utility, the utility of the traditional God is a key standard to bring to bear. The chapter claims that as the creator of morality, God has failed to satisfy the scrupulous for thousands of years. The price of making God the creator of morality is that God stops being morally good. The old God was in a better logical position to be the teacher of morality than she was to be the creator of morality.

Keywords:   moral instruction, morality, baseline God, traditional God, usefulness, creation, credible God

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