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dc.contributor.authorDavis, Richard Brian, 1963-
dc.contributor.authorFranks, W. Paul
dc.identifier.citationDavis, Richard Brian and W. Paul Franks. “Counterpossibles and the ‘Terrible’ Divine Command Deity.” Religious Studies 51, no. 1 (2015): 1-19en_US
dc.description.abstractIn 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.en_US
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen_US
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dc.subject.lcshMorriston, Wesen_US
dc.subject.lcshDivine commands (Ethics)en_US
dc.subject.lcshGod (Philosophy)en_US
dc.titleCounterpossibles and the ‘Terrible’ Divine Command Deityen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationTyndale Universityen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Philosophyen_US
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dc.identifier.issueNo. 1en_US
dc.identifier.journalReligious Studiesen_US
dc.publisher.placeCambridge, UKen_US
dc.subject.keywordMorriston, Wesen_US
dc.subject.keywordDivine command theoryen_US
dc.subject.keywordSacrificial scenarioen_US
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    Dr. Richard B. Davis is Professor of Philosophy and Chair, Department of Philosophy at Tyndale University.
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    Dr. W. Paul Franks is Vice President Academic and Dean of Undergraduate Studies. He is also Associate Professor of Philosophy.

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