Divine Justice and Divine Mercy

Philip L. Quinn

in Divine Commands and Moral Requirements

Published in print October 1978 | ISBN: 9780198244134
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680755 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy

Divine Justice and Divine Mercy

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This chapter discusses the doctrine about the nature of God that allows us to attribute to him some excellences of character which are, according to divine command theories, the analogues of moral virtues that we ought to possess. This chapter attempts to explain divine justice and divine mercy and to state precisely what God would be doing in exercising a divine forgiving disposition. This chapter concludes that there is a perfectly sensible interpretation which can be given to the theistic doctrine that God forgives our sins and that, for this reason, there is no conceptual difficulty involved in saying that God has a forgiving disposition or that he sometimes exercises the virtue of forgiveness, though such exercises are not morally required of him as they are required of us.

Keywords: God; divine command theories; moral virtues; divine justice; divine mercy; forgiveness

Chapter.  14221 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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