An Essay on Divine Authority

An Essay on Divine Authority

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In the first book wholly concerned with divine authority, Mark C. Murphy explores the extent of God's rule over created rational beings. The author challenges the viewa€”widely supported by theists and nontheists alikea€”that if God exists, then humans must be bound by an obligation of obedience to this being. He demonstrates that this view, the qauthority thesis, q cannot be sustained by any of the arguments routinely advanced on its behalf, including those drawn from perfect being theology, metaethical theory, normative principles, and even Scripture and tradition. After exposing the inadequacies of the various arguments for the authority thesis, he develops his own solution to the problem of whether, and to what extent, God is authoritative.For Murphy, divine authority is a contingent matter: while created rational beings have decisive reason to subject themselves to the divine rule, they are under divine authority only insofar as they have chosen to allow God's decisions to take the place of their own in their practical reasoning. The author formulates and defends his arguments for this view, and notes its implications for understanding the distinctiveness of Christian ethics.5.1 MORAL PRINCIPLES AND DIVINE AUTHORITY When arguments are offered for the authority of the state over citizens, or of parents over children, these arguments characteristically proceed by formulating clearly a particular moralanbsp;...

Title:An Essay on Divine Authority
Author: Mark C. Murphy
Publisher:Cornell University Press - 2002

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