Religion and Morality
Is God the sole ground for our moral obligation?
· Divine Command Theory
o Morality stems from what God tells us to do, our ‘ought’ is Gods command
q Euthyphro Dilemma
[Is something right because God commands it or, does God command what is right?]
Is goodness independent of God – if so; is this a limit on his omnipotence?
· X is commanded by God
· God is the source of our morality
· Therefore X is a moral action
- Religion is interlinked into morality, as we in general still follow the majority of Christian teachings and a lot of law is based on Christian versions of right and wrong.
- However, people followed the 10 commandments and saw them as ‘wrong’ before they were officially commanded
- God has created us and given us these rules to live by. Made our nature in a certain way.
· If ‘X’ is ‘it is right to kill’, then following divine command theory, killing is a moral action
· This to us in our perspective is absurd, it seems to imply goodness is independent of God.
o God is good, he would never command killing (or other immoral actions). But surely the statement ‘God is good’ is synthetic God does not have to be good.
o What is God commands us to ‘put our left sock on first’ – how should be consider this a moral action? To us, it is irrelevant, pointless…