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  1. Why there is no obligation to love God.William Bell & Graham Renz - forthcoming - Religious Studies.
    The first and greatest commandment according to Jesus, and so the one most central to Christian practice, is the command to love God. We argue that this commandment is best interpreted in aretaic rather than deontic terms. In brief, we argue that there is no obligation to love God. While bad, failure to seek and enjoy a union of love with God is not in violation of any general moral requirement. The core argument is straightforward: relations of intimacy should not (...)
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  • Why Does God Command?Shlomit Wygoda Cohen - forthcoming - Religious Studies:1-10.
    Assuming the existence of God and divine commands, it makes sense to ask to what end God issues commands. This question has been raised in recent philosophical literature in the context of whether there can be a divine command to believe in, or to worship, God. In this article, I argue that the answers proposed to this question fail to appreciate the wide range of possible purposes of divine commanding. In particular, I argue that commands that cannot be conformed or (...)
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  • Worship and Command of Faith within the Framework of Theological Voluntarism: Maimonides and Crescas.Sleptsova Valeria Valerievna - manuscript
    The aim of the study is to prove that faith, being a free action, cannot be a commandment due to a problem that arises within the Divine Command Theory (DCT). This problem was explicated in the article "I Can't Make You Worship Me" by famous philosophers of religion Campbell Brown and Eugene Nagasawa, published in 2005 in the magazine "Ratio", and consists in the impossibility of connecting DCT with a moral obligation to worship God. It is shown that the critical (...)
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