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In this paper I intend to explain what the Divine Command Theory means according to Emil Brunner and how Kai Nielsen objects to that theory I plan to do this by an explanation of what Divine Command Theory is as opposed to Humanistic Ethics I plan to show that abandoning religious ethics in support of Humanistic Ethics is not reasonable What is Divine Command Theory According to Emil Brunner Genuine humanly good is found only in the unconditional unquestioned obedience of man to God That this is a power from God According to Ms Rodrigues explanation morality is determined entirely by Gods command I believe that it means that the only way to be a goodly and moral person is by following Gods commands That obeying human laws or human moral codes does not make you a good person Nevertheless when we follow Gods commands we become people of genuine human goodness Mr Brunner believes that good is done for the sake of God and that we do good to please God because this is what God commands He believes that God is in total control of our happiness and Gods plan for our happiness is found in sanctions rewards and punishments These sanctions are the make-up of our moral code God knows all and has a plan We as humans may not know what that total plan is If we follow the Divine Command Theory it would not matter because the moral code dictates that we follow Gods command We are to do as God commands us and we will then be genuinely good humans We will be good if we follow Gods commands According to Kai Nielsen a person who follows the ethics of a Humanist we would believe the following that things could be good independent of God and that God is commanding us to do something because it is good That the good that we have are
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