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Philosophia Christi

Volume 20, Issue 2, 2018

Adam Lloyd Johnson
Pages 357-363
DOI: 10.5840/pc201820238

Fortifying the Petard
A Response to One of Erik Wielenberg’s Criticisms of the Divine Command Theory

Erik Wielenberg argued that William Lane Craig’s attack against nontheistic ethical models is detrimental to Craig’s Divine Command Theory (DCT) as follows: Craig claims it is unacceptable for ethical models to include logically necessary connections without providing an explanation of why such connections hold. Yet Craig posits certain logically necessary connections without providing an explanation of them. Wielenberg concluded that “Craig is hoisted by his own petard.” In this paper I respond to Wielenberg’s criticism by clarifying, and elaborating on, the DCT. I will attempt to provide a preliminary explanation for the logically necessary connections included in the DCT.