Divine Command Theory

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I've posted a summary of William Alston's recommendations to Divine Command Theorists at Prosblogion. Divine Command Theory explains moral obligations in terms of God's commands. Some charge the view with arbitrariness because God could then have commanded something different (e.g. torturing infants for the fun of it), and then it seems that would have been right. That makes morality seriously arbitrary. Some respond by saying God couldn't have commanded such things, because it's grounded in his good nature. The problem is that you can't define morality in terms of God's commands and then say that God commands it because God is independently good. Well, Alston has a way to say both without circularity or arbitrariness, and my post gives his account of how that can be.

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