2020-05-22 15:30:10 UTC
This question is for any theists who have put thought into moral theory. I have seen a number of theists claim that their god or gods are the basis of morality. I am curious how that works and how it is justified. Could any theists who believe that they have a coherent moral theory please answer the following three questions:
1. What is the criterion that morality is based on?
2. How does a deity fit that criterion?
3. What are the implications of this for everyone else?
A couple of possible examples to show you what I am interested in:
1. Might makes right.
2. My god is mightier than everyone else.
3. As the most powerful son-of-a-bitch in existence, my god will send you to eternal torment if you don't do what he says - and this is the basis of morality!
1. Justice is the basis of morality, everyone should get what they deserve.
2. My god is infinitely and completely just.
3. You will get heaven only if you deserve it, and nobody deserves it - it would be unjust to give humans a heaven they didn't deserve.
1. Mercy is the basis of morality.
2. My god is merciful to everyone.
3. Everyone eventually gets into heaven - though some may have to take some time in limbo first until they realize what they did was wrong and repent.
Obviously I am not trying to claim this is a complete list of possibilities - I'm more interested in what *you* specifically believe. So any theists with an interest in moral theory, here's your chance to show why it is you believe that your god or gods are the basis of morality, and what this means for humanity!