On Genesis 22

On Genesis 22

Posted on:Oct 10 2008
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Yet again I have been studying Genesis 22. It seems to me that most of the philosophical investigations of this story miss the mark. If this is not used as a test, it is not viewed in context.

What I find most fascinating is this: the story is not a test of whether Abram will trust God against all reason. It is a test of whether he will trust God in the absence of understanding. God is not asking us to deny reason. Reason by itself could justify only a trust that goes well beyond understanding.

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