An Essay on Divine Authority
By (author) Mark C. Murphy
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Essay on Divine Authority by Mark C. Murphy
Book DescriptionIn the first book wholly concerned with divine authority, Mark C. Murphy explores the extent of God's rule over created rational beings. The author challenges the view-widely supported by theists and nontheists alike-that if God exists, then humans must be bound by an obligation of obedience to this being. He demonstrates that this view, the "authority thesis," cannot be sustained by any of the arguments routinely advanced on its behalf, including those drawn from perfect being theology, metaethical theory, normative principles, and even Scripture and tradition. After exposing the inadequacies of the various arguments for the authority thesis, he develops his own solution to the problem of whether, and to what extent, God is authoritative.For Murphy, divine authority is a contingent matter: while created rational beings have decisive reason to subject themselves to the divine rule, they are under divine authority only insofar as they have chosen to allow God's decisions to take the place of their own in their practical reasoning. The author formulates and defends his arguments for this view, and notes its implications for understanding the distinctiveness of Christian ethics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801440304
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 18-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mark C. Murphy
God and Moral Law, Hardback (November 2011)
Does God's existence make a difference to how we explain morality? Mark C. Murphy critiques the two dominant theistic accounts of morality-natural law theory and divine command theory-and presents a novel third view. He argues that we can value natural facts about humans and their good, while keeping God at the centre of our moral explanations.
Natural Law in Jurisprudence and Politics, Paperback (January 2009)
This 2006 book argues that the central thesis of natural law jurisprudence sets the agenda for political philosophy.
Natural Law and Practical Rationality, Paperback (August 2007)
A defense of a contemporary natural law theory of practical rationality.
Philosophy of Law, Hardback (August 2006)» View all books by Mark C. Murphy
The Philosophy of Law is a broad-reaching text that guides readers through the basic analytical and normative issues in the field, highlighting key historical and contemporary thinkers and offering a unified treatment of the various issues in the philosophy of law.
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