Good God: The Theistic Foundations of Morality

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Overview

This book aims to reinvigorate discussions of moral arguments for God's existence. To open this debate, Baggett and Walls argue that God's love and moral goodness are perfect, without defect, necessary, and recognizable. After integrating insights from the literature of both moral apologetics and theistic ethics, they defend theistic ethics against a variety of objections and, in so doing, bolster the case for the moral argument for God's existence. It is the intention of the authors to see this aspect of natural theology resume its rightful place of prominence, by showing how a worldview predicated on the God of both classical theism and historical Christian orthodoxy has more than adequate resources to answer the Euthyphro Dilemma, speak to the problem of evil, illumine natural law, and highlight the moral significance of the incarnation and resurrection of Christ. Ultimately, the authors argue, there is principled reason to believe that morality itself provides excellent reasons to look for a transcendent source of its authority and reality, and a source that is more than an abstract principle.

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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: 9780199751815
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 789,354
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Baggett is professor of philosophy at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. His books include C. S. Lewis as Philosopher: Truth, Goodness and Beauty; Did the Resurrection Happen?: A Conversation with Gary Habermas and Antony Flew; Tennis and Philosophy: What the Racket is All About; and Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy.

Jerry L. Walls recently served as a Research Fellow in The Center for Philosophy of Religion at Notre Dame, and is currently a visiting scholar there. Among his books are Hell: The Logic of Damnation, Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy, and Purgatory: The Logic of Total Transformation. He is also the editor of The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology.

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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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