The Doctrine Of Divine Command Theory Essay

840 Words Feb 27th, 2016 4 Pages
Wait squirrel! You cannot steal those acorns, they are not yours. The idea that it is morally right to steal because that is what your god wants is called Divine Command Theory. Divine Command Theory says that “An act is morally required because it is commanded by god, and immoral just because god forbids it.”(Shafer-Landau, 67) One premise of Divine Command Theory is that for a valid moral law to be created the creator must be perfect, because imperfect beings would make mistakes. I am not sold on the idea that imperfection cannot make perfection. Let’s take a look at when a different set of laws and codes were being drafted. The first amendment to the United States Constitution gives its people the right to freedom of speech, press, religion, and the right to petition against the government in charge. This law is perfect because it protects every citizen of the United States from being oppressed by the government that runs them. This perfect law was created by a group of imperfect men. This is possible through the idea of synergy. A group working together can accomplish much more than the sum of the individuals would. Therefore, the creator of a valid moral code does not have to be a perfect god. Another issue with Divine Command Theory is that it is impossible to determine whether or not god actually exists, and if he does exist, does he command humanity at all. (Shafer-Landau) Another flaw in Devine command theory is explained by Shafer-Landau thru his description of…

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