While ethical arguments for nonviolence have persisted for generations, theological arguments for an absolutely nonviolent God have recently emerged. Some theologians deem violence in every form to be immoral and punishment to be a form and cause of violence, so they contend that a moral God must be nonviolent and non-retributive. Also, this nonviolent God assertion undermines other doctrines including penal substitution in the atonement, eternal punishment in hell, and temporal judgments in biblical narratives. In response, I will argue that God’s justice has a retributive aspect, for He gives to people what they deserve including punishing sinners or a substitute in their place. His justice is a necessary divine attribute, for to be true to Himself, God highly values His image bearers by dignifying their free will and choices by assuring that they experience the results of their decisions. Thus God’s retributive justice provides a moral framework for His violent judgments.
|Advisor:||Palmer, Michael D.|
|School Location:||United States -- Virginia|
|Source:||MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Biblical studies, Theology|
|Keywords:||God, Jesus, Judgment, Justice, Violence, Wrath|
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