The Doctrine Of The Divine Command Theory

1377 WordsApr 11, 20166 Pages
In the beginning of mankind, religion was the centerpiece that cultures revolved their lives around. Such an important aspect in the development of mankind has caused much chaos and turmoil, as well as some of the most thought provoking theories and ideas from some of the greatest philosophers. One of those theories is the Divine Command theory. The Divine Command theory tries to explain the relation between God and what is morally correct and there have been many philosophers who have taken very opposing views on the theory in order to determine of society should accept this theory. According to the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Divine Command theory is “the view that morality is somehow dependent upon God, and the moral obligation consists in obedience to God’s commands.” Essentially, God commands what is moral and what is immoral. No matter how ridiculous or absurd, if God commands it to be true then it is true. The “specific content” of these commands can vary however, depending on the particular religion and particular views the religion holds. Since this theory is very straightforward, it has sparked many discussions and viewpoints on both sides of the spectrum. There are two different claims that can be made by defenders of the Divine Command theory. The first is the “Moral Ground” claim. It states, in reference to The Dimensions of Ethics: An Introduction to Ethical Theory, “that the grounds for our moral claims lie in God’s will or commands. If X is morally
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