God de superpacifist? Kritische noties bij de ethisering van God | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 58, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 2542-6583
  • E-ISSN: 2590-3268



If Yoder is right in holding that pacifism is the appropriate behaviour for the Christian community, how does this relate to what we may expect from God? The answer depends on the question whether God and humans are both bound by one universal morality. In this paper it is argued that the existence of such a universal morality doesn’t warrant divine beneficence toward humans. Such a morality also fails to account for God’s being-God and does not consider the limited scope of morality as an instrument to direct human welfare. Conceding this, however, does not preclude the possibility of a theodicy; such a theodicy stems not from an alledged universal morality, but from God’s own goodness. Despite falling short of justifying Divine pacifism, such a perspective may nevertheless provide reasons to question Divine violence.


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