16 Problems with Divine Command Theory

16 Problems with Divine Command Theory September 4, 2016



1) Arbitrariness

Rather as the argument set out previously shows, there is no third party benchmark and so the idea of goodness becomes arbitrary if it is a non-rational assumption made of God. You cannot defer to something else to morally rationalise God’s nature, as this would then become the moral grounding, and this would not necessitate God. But for God to be that grounding, what makes his commands good become merely arbitrary assertions when lacking such rationalisations. Good becomes merely a synonym of God and lacks any useful meaning.

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