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Peter Addy Dr Tim Mawson Philosophy of Religion 12 June 2002 God and Morality The Euthyphro Dilemma has confused men for thousands of years and most likely will continue to confuse men for thousands to come Many people have argued for either one side or the other over the years Inability to solve this dilemma has led people such as Kant Williams 79 and Bertrand Russell Koukl sec 1 and 2 to formulate that God does not belong in the morality equation at all However rather than take sides it may be possible to circumvent the problem entirely There are at least two ways to do this The Euthyphro Dilemma can be stated as such Is something good because God wills it or does He will it because it is good The first possibility can be stated by the proposition Something is good because God wills it A What this means is that all that we know to be good and right are so simply because God says so If God had said otherwise things which we call good would have been called bad and vice versa There is no such thing as an objective standard of morality apart from the will of God Furthermore the common theistic claim God is good comes to mean God is powerful God being omnipotent can at any time do the following two things first declare that it is good to change ones mind second declare that kicking puppies is good Hence all good people Christian and non-Christian alike would have their moral faculties augmented in such a way that they decide seemingly on their own that it is a good thing to kick puppies If one noted that previously it had been decided that such an act was morally reprehensible one would discover upon reflection that it is also good to change ones mind Baruch A Brody attempts to show the plausibility of A but his argument rests
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