21. God and Morality- Philip Quinn

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“God and Morality” Philip L. Quinn People learn morals through religion often and the divine command theory is generally a necessary assumption for the theist. It holds that solely God determines the good in the realm of ethics. God is right, right is what God makes it. I. What does the divine command theory claim? Morality: rightness (if performed, morally permissible), wrongness(“, morally impermissible), and obligation(if not performed, morally impermissible). All of which is commanded by God and if God doesn’t exist, then there is no morality. II. Why should a monotheist accept a divine command theory? Decides to outline discussion in four legs, three relating to the Christian tradition and the fourth relating to the philosophical theology. Leg 1: Commanded Christian Love Jesus commanded to love thy neighbor. Kierkegaard stated there is the affectionate, discriminating love and the impartial, generalized love. Affectionate love is exclusive and “neighbor” love is obligatory.
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