The Euthyphro Dilemma
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Is the good good because God approves it, or does God approve it because it"s good?
Answer me this and I'll become a Christian!
Is God"s nature good because of the way God happens to be, or is it good because it matches up to some external standard of goodness? I'll form the argument a different way:
1) God is, by definition, a maximally great being.
2) This entails His being metaphysically necessary and morally perfect.
3) Therefore, by (2), God exists in all possible worlds.
4) But, if moral values are objective, moral perfection represents (or
at least tends towards) a unique, maximal set of moral values.
5) So, by (1), (3) & (4), it follows that God has the same moral
character in every possible world.
6) Therefore God"s nature is good neither because of the way He
happens to be nor because of His fitness with reference to an external
standard of goodness.
Still happily NOT a theist my boy..
But now does God 'happen to be' morally perfect? That doesn't seem so, there's a difference between God's having his attributes accidentally and his having them by necessity, and I think God is necessarily good. If he's not, then well we're talking about satan then, or some other god I guess.
And so if you win that one, I would become a Christian, since we're at a stalemate here it seems.
But I like you're avatar! We're both actors ;))
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