MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

200 views

How might some Christian philosophers of religion overcome the Euthyphro Dilemma?

The Euthyphro Dilemma, which asks whether what God commands is good because God commands it or because the things God wills are necessarily good and God is adhering to this standard, might raise some issues for a Christian philosopher of religion. It seems to suggest that morality is either arbitrary to God, and he can will things on a whim, or superior to God. Although some scholars have adopted one half of the dilemma or the other by modifying or clarifying their position, it is often agreed that the dilemma is a false dilemma and that both 'solutions' offered are flawed. Instead of believing God invents or is compliant to a moral standard, the classical tradition holds that his nature is the standard for moral judgement. Of course this raises certain questions - for example, what does it actually mean to say God's nature is good? Perhaps we must conclude that 'good' is a human concept, and that we are inadequately describing a part of God. Thomas Aquinas' doctrine of Divine Simplicity - that God is not made up of lots of parts and attributes but is instead just 'God' (which includes goodness, power etc.) - might be helpful here.

Sam O. A Level Religious Studies tutor, GCSE Religious Studies tutor,...

8 months ago

Answered by Sam, an A Level Religious Studies tutor with MyTutor

Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

13 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£20 /hr

Annabel P.

Degree: Theology and Religion (Bachelors) - Bristol University

Subjects offered: Religious Studies, English Literature+ 3 more

Religious Studies
English Literature
English Language
Drama
-Personal Statements-

“About me: Hi! My name's Annabel and I am an undergraduate Theology and Religion student at Bristol University. I have always had a real passion for the Arts subjects, I think they give people such an interesting and wide perspective t...”

MyTutor guarantee

£22 /hr

Felix O.

Degree: BA Modern Languages (Bachelors) - Exeter University

Subjects offered: Religious Studies, Russian+ 2 more

Religious Studies
Russian
Latin
History

“So much is dependent on success in your CEs, GCSEs and A levels- so don't leave it to chance!- leave it to someone who has considerable recent success to show you how it can be done. In our 1:1 sessions, YOU are the priority; no big c...”

£20 /hr

Anna S.

Degree: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Bachelors) - Warwick University

Subjects offered: Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics+ 4 more

Religious Studies
Philosophy and Ethics
English
Economics
-Personal Statements-

“Hi my name is Anna, I am an undergraduate at the Universtiy of Warwick studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics.  Having just done my A-Levels I am very familiar with the A-Level exam and exactly what it is you need to do to pass, ...”

MyTutor guarantee

About the author

Sam O.

Currently unavailable: for regular students

Degree: Theology and Religion (Bachelors) - Oxford, Worcester College University

Subjects offered: Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics+ 2 more

Religious Studies
Philosophy and Ethics
Latin

“A bit about me...I'm Sam and I study Theology and Religion at Worcester College and the University of Oxford. I'm friendly and outgoing with alove for learning and sharing knowledge, as well as experience in running revision sessio...”

MyTutor guarantee

You may also like...

Other A Level Religious Studies questions

What are the different ideas about freewill and determinism?

Can Natural Law ethics still be plausible today?

What are the examiners looking for? What is "good" essay technique?

What does Plato's Cave analogy in the 'Republic' tell us about his understanding of reality?

View A Level Religious Studies tutors

Cookies:

We use cookies to improve our service. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok