Divine Command Theory
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This paper criticizes the divine command theory which states that morality is based entirely upon religious principles. The paper cites examples from the Bible and uses the Euthyphro Argument to debunk the Divine Command Theory. Much of the paper's strong argument is based on Ross Shafer-Landua's book "The Fundamentals of Ethics," which lends several quotations to this essay.
From the Paper:"Shafer-Landau does an adequate job of explaining the origin of the Euthyphro Argument, but the portion to the critical is the quote, "Does God command us to do actions because they are morally right, or are actions morally right because God commands them?" (p. 62). The question poses a discomforting enigma to Devine Command Theorists. The first possibility is impossible to compute. If God commands things because they are morally correct, then the implication is that God did not invent morality. However, God invented everything, so he must also have invented morality. Thus the breakdown of the first half of the quote; it is an impossibility."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Shafer-Landua, Ross. (2010). The Fundamentals of Ethics. New York: Oxford Press.
Cite this Argumentative Essay:
Divine Command Theory (2010, June 27) Retrieved July 24, 2014, from http://www.academon.com/argumentative-essay/divine-command-theory-128055/
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