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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.11641  Thursday, 30 June 2005

From:           Stephen C. Rose <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Jun 2005 09:37:27 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 16.1158 New and Improved Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1158 New and Improved Lear

RE: "Bible is based on universal morality"

Hardly the case. Wherever you slice it.

I view the Pentateuch as an exercise in blaming the deity for the human
situation. (Noah being a turning point when G-d essentially says, Get
off my back.)

Deuteronomists-like some of Job's comforters are incurably-moralistic.
And somewhat contemporary in that respect.

Some of the more savvy prophets propound utopian visions that are
redolent of a very different morality than that in the earlier stories
where G-d is definitely helping the tribe to stand up to other tribes
with other G-ds. The GoYS Gambit.  But the Psalms restores the God on
Your Side zapping enemies theme.

The new Testament has two distinctive moralities in tension. The
perfectionistic Beatitudinal Way propounded by Jesus and the creedal
moralism one can infer from some writings of Paul and other authors. The
first is iconoclastic and the second is authoritarian-if efficacious for
a community being crucified, burned and eaten by animals for several
centuries.

I think when people talk of universal morality they should think of
rights-a more fruitful avenue for creating a universal, er, morality.
Let me know when we have one.

Cheers, S

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