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Could be all liars and then this is the standard. i. It is not as if Honesty existed before God c. Doctrine of goodness of God is nonsense- i. God is all good ii. Good is defined by God’s will iii. So X is good means, X is commanded by God iv. God’s commandments are Good v. Therefore God’s commandments are commanded by God- tautology d. Second option -right conduct is right because God commands it.- God commands us to do certain things because they are right. i. Now God’s commands are not arbitrary.- they are a result of his wisdom. ii. Yet the problem is now we have destroyed theological conception of right and wrong—now we are saying there is a standard of right and wrong that exists prior to God 1. So we could still say, why does God think something is right or wrong? e. Read pg 52-53 to class. III. Activity a. Groups of 3- b. Your own divine command- come up with 4 absolute laws for humans to live by serious (1 funny) IV. Lecture- Aquinas and such a. 4.3 Natural Law i. Maybe a devout person should not accept divine command- maybe right and wrong should not be defined in his will.- Aquinas- brief history of. b. 3 points to Natural law - 1st - What world is like - i. Natural Law is the dominant theory of ethics in Christian thought. ii. Natural Law-rests on certain views of what the world is like- it is in rational order with values and purposes built into nature. 1. we see order in nature 2. therefore there should be order with humans iii. Aristotelian – everything in nature has a purpose 1. He asked 4 questions – a. What is it? b. What is it made of? c. How did it come to exist? d. What is it for? iv. Not as obvious that things in nature have as explicit purpose as say knife.
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1. Eyes are for seeing, teeth are for chewing. Etc. – everything has a purpose and a function. v. Order is a rational place with specific purposes. 1. Everything is for man- very anthropocentric view. vi. Christian thinkers liked this view and just added God to it.
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