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God and Moral Obligation

C. Stephen Evans


Is there a connection between religion and morality? Ivan Karamazov, in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov, famously declares that if God does not exist, then “everything is permitted.” Most philosophers reject such a view and hold that moral truths do not depend on God. God and Moral Obligation argues that the truth lies somewhere between these two claims. It is not quite right to say that there would be nothing left of morality if God did not exist, but moral obligations do depend on God ontologically. Such obligations are best understood as divine commands or requirements, communicated to ... More

Keywords: moral obligations, moral realism, error theory, divine commands, natural law ethics, virtue ethics, conscience, euthyphro objection

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199696680
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696680.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

C. Stephen Evans, author
University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University