Alexander Pruss’s Simple Argument against Divine Command Theories

Here is Pruss’s argument:

1.Even if God didn’t forbid it, torturing the innocent would be wrong.
2.(Premise) Necessarily, torturing the innocent is wrong.
3.(Premise) Possibly, God does not forbid torturing the innocent.
4.(Premise) If divine command theory is true, then it is the case that: necessarily, something is wrong if and only if it is forbidden by God.
5.Therefore, divine command theory is not true.

LINK

The Theistic Arguments: A Brief Critique
Lessing’s Broad Ditch and Brad’s Lesser Ditch
More on the Arbitrariness Objection to the Divine Command Theory
Critical Thinking is Bigotry
About Jeffery Jay Lowder

Jeffery Jay Lowder is President Emeritus of Internet Infidels, Inc., which he co-founded in 1995. He is also co-editor of the book, The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave.


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