Euthyphro Trades Sides

I think nature is a creation of God; the one true God is know by His attributes. God command for a thing as it is useful for us; and what is useful for us He commands for that.


Fide Dubitandum

platoI’ve said that, if moral truth exists, then theism correct. This is because God’s existence is the only good explanation for moral truth.

I find that the best demonstration for this, ironically, is what may well be the most common response materialists give to the moral argument: the Euthyphro Dilemma.

The Euthyphro Dilemma is, in a nutshell, the question “Is something morally good because God commands it, or does God command it because it is good?”. If the former, then it seems that morality is arbitrary; if the latter, then it seems that the real standard of goodness is something other than God.

Now, it’s long since been pointed out that this is a false dilemma. It leaves out the significant option that God’s own nature is the source of goodness (which is what monotheists have traditionally claimed). That is, God commands what he does because it is right, but…

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