Divine Command Theory

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  1. Yona says:

    As is pointed out in your post “Neither Random nor Predetermined” the other way to deal with this dilemma is to view mitzvos as a revelation of Hashem’s perfect-good-loving-just will. “To do the true good, the will of Hashem” (Rishon l’Yaffo, #5). See http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/342501/jewish/Where-Do-Ethics-Come-From.htm

  2. Izgad says:



    (Corrected. Thanks -Micha)

  3. Bob Miller says:

    When we say A was created along the lines set out in B, what that that mean for us, since the same Creator created B, too?

  4. micha says:

    By making the causal chain:

    G-d Will -> halakhah -> a universe in which halakhah is pleasant -> halakhah is moral

    We preserve a full negative theology where we can say nothing about G-d other than what it is we can’t know, have halakhah be non-arbitrary, and yet conform to morality. It’s a way out of the Euthyphro Dilemma.


  5. Joe says:

    May I suggest a different causal chain:

    G-d’s will->Man(being of free will)->Halacha(that which is good for directing being with free will)->Halacha is moral

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