Davis, Richard Brian and W. Paul Franks. “Counterpossibles and the ‘Terrible’ Divine Command Deity.” Religious Studies 51, no. 1 (2015): 1-19
In a series of articles in this journal, Wes Morriston has launched what can only be considered a full-scale assault on the divine command theory (DCT) of morality. According to Morriston, proponents of this theory are committed to an alarming counterpossible: that if God did command an annual human sacrifice, it would be morally obligatory. Since only a ‘terrible’ deity would do such a ‘terrible’ thing, we should reject DCT. Indeed, if there were such a deity, the world would be a terrible place - certainly far worse than it is. We argue that Morriston’s nonstandard method for assessing counterpossibles of this sort is flawed. Not only is the savvy DCT-ist at liberty to reject it, but Morriston’s method badly misfires in the face of theistic activism - a metaphysical platform available to DCT-ists, according to which if God didn’t exist, neither would anything else.
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