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Philosophia Christi

Volume 11, Issue 1, 2009

Symposium: Did God Mandate Genocide?

Gordon Pettit
Pages 126-144
DOI: 10.5840/pc20091119

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.

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