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The Coherence of Theism$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198240709

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198240708.001.0001

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Perfectly Good and a Source of Moral Obligation

Perfectly Good and a Source of Moral Obligation

(p.184) 11 Perfectly Good and a Source of Moral Obligation
The Coherence of Theism

Richard Swinburne

Oxford University Press

The morally good action is the overall good action, one that there is overriding reason to do. Morally, good actions include both obligatory actions and supererogatory good actions. There are three propositions stating which actions are good and which are bad. Some moral truths do not depend for their truth on the will of God. But, because he is our supreme benefactor, he has the right to command us to do many actions; and his commands make those actions obligatory (and his commendations of them makes actions supererogatarily good).

Keywords:   Aquinas, divine command, ethics, Euthyphro, God, moral goodness, supererogatory, supreme benefactor

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