The Divine Command Theory
The divine command theory is the idea that moral actions are those that conform to God's will. For example, murder is wrong because God condemns it. Using this theory, there is a test for determining whether any action is right or wrong: if it conforms to God's will, it is morally permissible, but if it does not, then it is impermissible. This seems very simple. However, the theory breaks down when the will of God is examined. This is the reason for theists to reject the divine command theory. It is not necessary for others who do not even believe in the existence of God to start down the divine command theory path. Wondering about what a supreme creator decrees would be pointless if you don't believe in the supreme creator initially.
In the Euthyphro dialogue, the dilemma concerns Socrates' discussion with Euthyphro.…
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