David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Religious Studies 31 (2):149 - 165 (1995)
According to the divine command theory of morality, what is right or wrong, good or bad, is entirely dependent on the will and command of God: what He commands is right and what He forbids is wrong just because He commands or forbids it. It is argued here that the principal religious objection to this theory -- that if it were true, moral precepts would be arbitrary -- is rendered ineffective when due consideration is given to the consequences of God's omnipotence, and in particular, to His rationality and to His responsibility for deciding, in creation, what the characteristics of human nature are to be.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Simin Rahimi (2008). Divine Command and Ethical Duty: A Critique of the Scriptural Argument. Journal of Islamic Philosophy 4:77-108.
Philip L. Quinn (1978). Divine Commands and Moral Requirements. Clarendon Press.
Thomas M. Osborne (2005). Ockham as a Divine-Command Theorist. Religious Studies 41 (1):1-22.
Thomas M. Osborne Jr (2005). Ockham as a Divine-Command Theorist. Religious Studies 41 (1):1 - 22.
Wes Morriston (2009). The Moral Obligations of Reasonable Non-Believers. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 65 (1):1 - 10.
Joseph Shaw (1999). The Application of Divine Commands. Religious Studies 35 (3):307-321.
Jeffrie G. Murphy (1987). Kantian Autonomy and Divine Commands. Faith and Philosophy 4 (3):276-281.
Brian Ribeiro & Scott Aikin (2013). Skeptical Theism, Moral Skepticism, and Divine Commands. International Journal for the Study of Skepticism 3 (2):77-96.
James D. Rissler (2002). A Psychological Constraint on Obedience to God's Commands: The Reasonableness of Obeying the Abhorrently Evil. Religious Studies 38 (2):125-146.
John E. Hare (2000). Kant on Recognizing Our Duties As God's Commands. Faith and Philosophy 17 (4):459-478.
John P. Reeder Jr (1975). A Critique of Graber's Divine Command Theory of Ethics. Journal of Religious Ethics 3 (1):157 - 163.
Martin Kavka & Randi Rashkover (2004). A Jewish Modified Divine Command Theory. Journal of Religious Ethics 32 (2):387 - 414.
M. V. Dougherty (2002). Thomas Aquinas and Divine Command Theory. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 76:153-164.
C. Stephen Evans (2004). Kierkegaard's Ethic of Love: Divine Commands and Moral Obligations. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2011-05-29
Total downloads13 ( #120,623 of 1,101,088 )
Recent downloads (6 months)6 ( #44,461 of 1,101,088 )
How can I increase my downloads?