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Divine Command Theory

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Hamail Saleem

on 19 March 2015

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Transcript of Divine Command Theory

What is divine command?
Divine command is a theory which describes commands given by God as a path of morality.
History of Divine Command
There is a history but there isn't a history all at the same time. Divine Command has been around longer than we can imagine, people have always used God and religion as a path to what is right and wrong.
Cons of Divine Command
Arbitrariness Problem- It bases morality on mere whims of God. So God's moral compass can change just like everyone else's, meaning everything he commands isn't always a perfect path to morality
Cons of Divine Command
Emptiness Problem- Statements supporting God's commands that lead to your morality (such as "God is good" and "God's commands are good") are considered empty words because all you're doing is saying the same thing in a different way without any actual evidence
Cons of Divine Command
Problem of Abhorrent Commands- Divine command appears to say that if God were to commit a crime of deception or a degree of cruelty then those acts would be considered morally good
Pros of Divine Command
Gives people one constant path to follow
Removes a sense of responsibility from the individual to find their own path of morality
Gives an individual a feeling of purpose, like they're "doing God's work"
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Spokesman for the Confessing Church and the center of the protestant resistance to the Nazis, Bonhoeffer believed following Christ was the correct and moral way to live out your life. He published his book "
The Cost of

" in 1937 to further explain his beliefs.
Saint Augustine
St. Augustine believed that going on a pursuit of the supreme good delivers humans happiness. To achieve this, humans must love objects in the "correct manner" (humans love God which helps them to correctly love everything else).
Divine Command Theory
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Philosophy of Religion
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