Religion and Morality


Go to Philosophy Experiments website and take the interactive experiment called “Talking With God: The Euthyphro Dilemma.” Read the first page, then click continue. Answer each question by clicking on the relevant circle. Pick the answer that most closely matches what you believe. Click “continue” at the end of each page. Carefully read the analysis at the end. “Tensions” refer to APPARENT inconsistencies in your view. It may be that these are not actually contradictions and you can explain why if you wish in your post. “Stringency” refers to how much your conception of God matches that traditionally held by members of religions in the Abrahamic tradition (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam).

write three well developed paragraphs on the following topics:

  1. Define Divine Command Theory and explain it with examples.
  2. Explain the Euthyphro Dilemma. How does it relate to Divine Command Theory?
  3. Explain some of your results and your reactions to the “Talking with God” thought experiment. Were there any “tensions” in your view? Did you come down in favor of divine command theory or the view that the good is independent of God’s will? Did the experiment cause you to re-think your view. Why or why not? (due Thursday)

Remember, this assignment is about morality, not about God’s existence. Think about the theory of Divine Command Theory and its relationships to your views about morality.

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