Robert Adams' 'modified command theory'

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  • Robert Adams' 'modified command theory'
    • this means, then, that morality cannot be arbitrary because it is grounded in the unchanging omnibenevolent nature of god
    • the major issue of divine command theory- leading to any ethical system it proposes being arbitrary, that is, dependent on the whim of the creator God- has led to a development in the theory proposed by Robert Adams
    • Adams argued that because morality is grounded in the character of God, who is perfectly good, then god's commands are rooted into god's character.
      • since a characteristic of god is his omnibenevolence, then whatever god commands will inevitably reflect this, god's character
        • goodness is an essential characteristic of god, it is grounded into the character of god.
          • morality therefore, reflects at all times the omnibenevolent character of god.
            • this means, then, that morality cannot be arbitrary because it is grounded in the unchanging omnibenevolent nature of god

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