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Old Testament Essays

versión On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versión impresa ISSN 1010-9919

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GERICKE, Jaco. Psalm 89 and the Logical Problem of Evil: A Comparative-philosophical Perspective . Old testam. essays [online]. 2021, vol.34, n.1, pp.300-327. ISSN 2312-3621.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2312-3621/2021/v34n1a17.

This study takes as its starting point the consensus in research on the relationship between divine attributes and suffering in Psalm 89 which holds that some of the beliefs expressed in verses 39-52 contradict those in 1-38(53). In an attempt to address a related gap in the research in a new and supplementary way, a comparative-philosophical perspective is offered regarding the reasoning operative within the Psalm's associated religious language. As counterpart, the so-called "Logical Problem of Evil" (LPE) in analytic philosophy of religion was identified. Conceptual and correlation-relations in Psalm 89 are clarified through correlation and contrast. The study argues that the logical status of the beliefs involved, as contradiction, makes more sense if interpreted as part of the protocol when prayer and poetry have to satisfy the conditions of a possible atheodicy. Thus, restating the Psalm's associated content on its own terms, even if not in them, contributes to our understanding of why certain states of affairs in the world of the text are the way they are, or why they are at all.

Palabras clave : Psalm 89; Suffering; Divine Attributes; Comparative Philosophy (of Religion); Problem Of Evil; Atheodicy.

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