- List of Contributors
- Authority of Scripture, Tradition, and the Church
- Revelation and Inspiration
- Science and Religion
- Theology and Mystery
- Simplicity and Aseity
- Divine Eternity
- Moral Perfection
- Divine Action and Evolution
- Divine Providence
- Petitionary Prayer
- Morality and Divine Authority
- The Problem of Evil
- Skeptical Theism and The Problem of Evil
- The Trinity
- Original Sin and Atonement
- The Incarnation
- The Resurrection of the Body
- Heaven and Hell
- The Eucharist: Real Presence and Real Absence
- Jewish Philosophical Theology
- Islamic Philosophical Theology
- Chinese (Confucian) Philosophical Theology
Abstract and Keywords
This article examines morality and divine authority in the context of the question of whether God – that is, God's existence, nature, or activity – explains morality. It begins with some clarifying remarks about the meaning of ‘God’, ‘morality’, and ‘explains’. The article then evaluates the Theistic Explanation of Morality: for every moral fact, there is some fact (or facts) about God that explains it. Defences of this thesis might appeal to rather different sorts of relationship between moral and theistic facts, and some of those differences are discussed.
Mark C. Murphy is McDevitt Professor of Religious Philosophy at Georgetown University. He works in moral, political, and legal philosophy and is the author of Natural Law and Practical Rationality (Cambridge, 2001), An Essay on Divine Authority (Cornell, 2002), Philosophy of Law (Blackwell, 2006), Natural Law in Jurisprudence and Politics (Cambridge, 2006), and God and Moral Law (Oxford, 2011).
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