Divine Command Theory

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Supporters and Opponents of the Divine Command Theory The principal components of the Divine Command Theory (DCT) are: in first place, the believe that an almighty God responsible for the creation of everything exists and because of this we owe him obedience. Second, the believe that what is wrong or right is determined by God, meaning that what he approves is the right thing and what he disapproves is the wrong thing. What God approves and disapproves can be found in the Bible, specifically in the Ten Commandments, which are clear examples of the things that God wants us to do and the things that he forbids. According to Hoff & Sommers (2010), John Arthur critics various aspects of the DCT, within these critics the most important ones are: in first place, the difficulty of demonstrating that God even exists. Second, he asks the following question, if God created evil and goodness, why can he simply make evil disappear? In a conclusion taken from the Euthyphro dilemma, this question demonstrates a limitation in God’s power, which is indicating a mayor flaw in the Divine Command Theory. Because the Divine Command Theory is based on faith, Mortimer, the main proponent of this theory, could find difficult to respond to John Arthur’s arguments. In other words, faith does not have a scientific explanation which makes it hard to be understood by some individuals. But one of Mortimer’s strongest arguments could be that the DCT is the only theory that explains and distinguishes between right and wrong in a simple and clear
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