God and Moral Obligation: Is a Link Possible?

C. Stephen Evans

in Kierkegaard's Ethic of Love

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780199272174
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602061 | DOI:
God and Moral Obligation: Is a Link Possible?

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Moral obligations are overriding and objective, in a way that other kinds of obligations are not. A divine command theory of moral obligations claims that all truly moral obligations owe their status as moral duties to the fact that God commands them. God’s commands, however, are not arbitrary; instead, God’s command is a call to human flourishing and happiness. Kierkegaard answers the question posed in the Euthyphro by importing a Kantian dimension to an Aristotelian framework; he can do so only because he sees the self as spiritually and morally qualified. The two chief passions that are crucial to the formation of the self that God intends one to be are faith and love.

Keywords: Aristotle; divine commands; faith; God; human flourishing; Kant; Kierkegaard; love; moral obligations; Plato

Chapter.  13008 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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