Project #155819 - Short Writing Assignment - Can God Define the Good?

Philosophy Tutors

Subject Philosophy
Due By (Pacific Time) 11/23/2016 08:00 am

Are good things good because God says they are, or does God say they are good because they are good? This philosophical problem is known as the Euthyphro dilemma, taking its name from the title of one of Plato's dialogues, the Euthyphro. As we discussed in class, this dilemma exists for anyone who holds certain basic tenets about what God is - namely, that he is omnipotent, omniscience, omnibenevolent; essentially all-perfect. Depending on the option one chooses, one runs afoul of at least one of these basic tenets about God. 

As we discussed in class, there are many intricacies involved with this dilemma. Your task for this short writing assignment is to explain the dilemma in an in-depth and meaningful way. What are the implications of choosing each side? How might this dilemma change our understanding of God and morality? Are we forced to view God differently? Does this mean that belief in God is not required to live a good, moral life? Defend what you say. Your essay needs to be around 500 words and adhere to formal guidelines (introduction – including a thesis statement, body, and conclusion).


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