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Religious Commitment and Moral Obligation

Robert Audi

in Rationality and Religious Commitment

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199609574
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731822 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609574.003.0006
Religious Commitment and Moral Obligation

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Do moral standards rest on divine commands? If so, what guarantees that God will not command deeds that (like the sacrifice of an innocent child) are intuitively wrong? If not, what kind of moral authority can God have? This chapter answers these and related questions by proposing an account of moral obligation that explains how it can be both intimately connected with the divine nature, but grounded in principles that are neither established by God nor contingent. The concluding portion of the chapter explains how holding this qualified divine command view is consonant with piety as an appropriate reverence for God.

Keywords: moral standards; moral authority; divine command view; piety; divine nature

Chapter.  11339 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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