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Philosophia Christi

Volume 11, Issue 1, 2009

Symposium: Did God Mandate Genocide?

John Milliken
Pages 145-155
DOI: 10.5840/pc200911110

Euthyphro, the Good, and the Right

The Euthyphro dilemma is widely deployed as an argument against theistic accounts of ethics. The argument proceeds by trying to derive strongly counterintuitive implications from the view that God is the source of morality. I argue here that a general crudeness with which both the dilemma and its theistic targets are described accounts for the seeming force of the argument. Proper attention to details, among them the distinction between the good and the right, reveals that a nuanced theism is quite unscathed by it.

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