Volume 11, Issue 1, 2009
Symposium: Did God Mandate Genocide?
Moral Objectivity, Simplicity, and the Identity View of God
I argue that one can consistently affirm that fundamental moral principles are objective, universal, nonarbitrary, and invariable and yet are dependent on God. I explore and reject appealing to divine simplicity as a basis for affirming this conjunction. Rather, I develop the thesis that God is identical to the Good (the Identity View or IV) and argue that the IV does not fall to the criticisms of simplicity. I then consider a divine will theory (DWT) that claims moral principles are grounded in God’s will. The IV conjoined with the DWT show the consistency of the initial conjunctive claim.