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Introduction: God and morality

Mark C. Murphy

in God and Moral Law

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199693665
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732010 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693665.003.0001
Introduction: God and morality

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This chapter introduces the central problem that the book addresses and describes its distinctive methodology. The central problem is whether, given theism, moral facts must be explained by facts about God. The chapter distinguishes between a method of dealing with this problem that is ‘explanandum-focused,’ concerned with the issue of whether features of morality (for example, its overridingness) cannot be adequately explained unless morality has its source in God, and a method that is ‘explanans-focused,’ concerned with the issue of whether God's nature entails that God must enter into the explanation of such facts. The latter method is the focus of the book, and this chapter gives a reason to pursue this method grounded in the perfection of divine sovereignty.

Keywords: God; theism; morality; perfect being theology; divine sovereignty

Chapter.  5636 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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