Is There a Moral Obligation to Obey God?

Philo 3 (1):20-31 (2000)
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Owen McLeod
Lafayette College
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A widespread view among theists is that there is a moral obligation to obey God’s commands. In this paper, four arguments for this view are considered: the argument from beneficence; the argument from property rights; the argument from justice; and the argument from omnipotence and moral perfection. It is argued that none of these arguments succeeds in showing that there is a moral obligation to obey God’s commands. The paper concludes with the suggestion that there might be, nevertheless, weighty and specifically religious reasons to obey God.
Keywords Philosophy and Religion
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ISBN(s) 1098-3570  
DOI 10.5840/philo2000313
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