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  1. Is Ethical Naturalism More Plausible Than Supernaturalism? A Reply to Walter Sinnott-Armstrong.Matthew Flannagan - 2012 - Philo 15 (1):19-37.
    In many of his addresses and debates, William Lane Craig has defended a Divine Command Theory of moral obligation (DCT). In a recent article and subsequent monograph, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong has criticized Craig’s position.1 Armstrong contended that a DCT is subject to several devastating objections and further contended that even if theism is true a particular form of ethical naturalism is a more plausible account of the nature of moral obligations than a DCT is. This paper critiques Armstrong’s argument. I will (...)
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    Abortion and Capital Punishment: A Response to Beverly Harrison: Flannagan Abortion and Capital Punishment.Matthew Flannagan - 2009 - Think 8 (21):99-103.
    Can one consistently oppose abortion on moral grounds, yet think the death penalty is morally acceptable?
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    Abortion and Capital Punishment: No Contradiction: Flannagan Abortion and Capital Punishment.Matthew Flannagan - 2008 - Think 6 (16):87-92.
    Matthew Flannagan explains why Christians can consistently both oppose abortion and support the death penalty.
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    Robust Ethics and the Autonomy Thesis.Matthew Flannagan - 2017 - Philosophia Christi 19 (2):345-362.
    In his monograph, Robust Ethics: The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Godless Normative Realism, Erik Wielenberg offers arguably one of the most sophisticated defenses of the autonomy thesis to date. Wielenberg argues that the divine command theory is problematic because it cannot account for the moral obligations of reasonable unbelievers; Godless normative robust realism can be formulated in a way that avoids the standard objections to the autonomy thesis; and GRNR provides a better account of intrinsic value. In this paper, I (...)
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    The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails.Matthew Flannagan - 2011 - Philosophia Christi 13 (1):231-236.
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  6. Thank God for the New Zealand Anti-Terrorist Squad.Matthew Alexander Flannagan - 2016 - Philosophia Christi 18 (1):129-135.
    On November 14, 1990, David Gray’s twenty-two hour shooting spree ended when the New Zealand Anti-Terrorist Squad shot Gray dead. In this paper I argue that Christians should support the existence of state agencies like the ATS who are authorized to use lethal force. Alongside the duty we as Christians have to love our neighbors, live at peace with others and to not repay evil for evil, God has authorized the government to use force when necessary to uphold a just (...)
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    The Psychopath Objection to Divine Command Theory.Matthew Alexander Flannagan - 2021 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 13 (3).
    : Recently, Erik Wielenberg has developed a novel objection to divine command meta-ethics. The objection that DCM "has the implausible implication that psychopaths have no moral obligations and hence their evil acts, no matter how evil, are morally permissible". This article criticizes Wielenberg's argument. Section 1 will expound Wielenberg's new "psychopath" argument in the context of the recent debate over the Promulgation Objection. Section 2 will discuss two ambiguities in the argument; in particular, Wielenberg’s formulation is ambiguous between whether Wielenberg (...)
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    Why the Horrendous Deeds Objection Is Still a Bad Argument.Matthew Flannagan - forthcoming - Sophia:1-20.
    A common objection to divine command meta-ethics is the horrendous deeds objection. Critics object that if DCM is true, anything at all could be right, no matter how abhorrent or horrendous. Defenders of DCM have responded by contending that God is essentially good: God has certain character traits essentially, such as being loving and just. A person with these character traits cannot command just anything. In recent discussions of DCM, this ‘essential goodness response’ has come under fire. Critics of DCM (...)
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