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Published: 29 December 2015

368 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780199602018

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God's Command

John E. Hare

Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

  • Provides an inter-religious perspective on the foundations of ethics.
  • Defends the thesis that what makes something morally obligatory is that God commands it, and what makes something morally forbidden is that God forbids it.
  • Investigates the relation between divine command and natural law in all three Abrahamic faiths, namely Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
  • Considers contemporary evolutionary psychology, and argues that the notion of divine command is helpful in understanding how morality could be stable from an evolutionary point of view.
  • Engages primarily with contemporary philosophy, and argues that if we ask "Why should we try to be morally good?" the answer "Because God tells us to be" makes good sense.