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PhilRel - notes - day08-moral2 - THE MORAL LAW There is a...

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T T HE  HE  M M ORAL  ORAL  L L AW AW GOD God commands it  because it is right. There is a moral standard  independent of God. What’s wrong with this  picture?
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Two problems Two problems Morality stands on its own, and Craig’s moral  argument for God’s existence collapses. Seems to make God “subject” to something  “higher” than God. ( But note that God could still be the greatest possible  person Also that we could still have a moral obligation to obey  God’s commands. ) So let’s go to the alternative picture.
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T T HE  HE  M M ORAL  ORAL  L L AW AW GOD It is right only because  God commands it. The SIMPLE  Divine  Command Theory  of  morality What wrong with  this  picture?
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Two related points Two related points 1. This seems to make God’s commands arbitrary. 2. It also seems to follow that if God commanded  cruelty, we would have an obligation to be cruel.   How could that be right?
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A more careful statement of the  A more careful statement of the  objection objection The idea of a  prima facie wrong-making characteristic . All other things being equal, an act having that characteristic is  morally wrong. 1. If the DCT is true, then there is a  possible  situation in which  cruelty is not a prima facie wrong-making characteristic –  viz., one in which God commands it. 2.
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