Good God: The Theistic Foundations of Morality

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Overview


Moral arguments for God's existence have undergone something of a resurgence in recent years. For quite a while they were out of vogue for a variety of reasons, but recent advances in the philosophy of language and philosophical and natural theology have reinvigorated moral apologetics. This is the first book to consolidate these gains into one coherent treatment, which will rigorously demonstrate to a wide readership how effectively various objections to moral apologetics have been answered. The authors show how strides in answering the problem of evil, the Euthyphro Dilemma, and epistemic vacuity and arbitrariness challenges to theistic ethics make possible a compelling cumulative moral argument that can greatly contribute to the rational case for God's existence--and God's goodness. The authors hope to reach a readership of not just philosophers, apologists, and theologians, but bright college students up through graduate school and beyond. Christians and non-Christians alike, those interested in apologetics, moral theology, atheology, and morality and religious ethics should find the book a significant contribution to their field.
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"Good God provides a spirited defense of the claim that morality requires God as its foundation. The authors provide powerful reasons for rejecting the usual philosophical objections to this view, and a strong case for the advantages of their view over secular rivals. Although the book shows a deep knowledge of contemporary moral philosophy, it is accessible to non-specialists and written in a clear and engaging style."
— C. Stephen Evans, University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199751808
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Baggett is Professor of Philosophy at Liberty University. Jerry L. Walls is Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Thomas V. Morris Introduction Chapter 1: Moral Apologia Chapter 2: The Euthyphro Dilemma Chapter 3: Naming the Whirlwind Chapter 4: A Reformed Tradition Not Quite Right Chapter 5: God and Goodness Chapter 6: Divine Command Theory Chapter 7: Abhorrent Commands Chapter 8: The Problem of Evil Chapter 9: Knowing God's Will Chapter 10: Ethics and Eternity Conclusion Appendix A: Answering the Extended Arbitrariness Objection to Divine Command Theory Appendix B: Outrageous Evil and the Hope of Healing Index

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