This article is excerpted from my 2016 book An Atheist and a Christian Walk into a Bar (Prometheus), coauthored with Justin Schieber. Support the authors and consider buying a copy! You won’t be disappointed. Well, okay, you might be disappointed — life gives no guarantees — but I’m betting you won’t be. Anyway, without further ado, let’s […]
divine command theory
Is divine command theory a danger in the hands of the mentally ill?
Last year, Christian radio host Justin Brierley published his apologetics book, Unbelievable. It’s a delightful book — clearly argued and engaging to read — so much so that it even earned an endorsement from yours truly! It also earned a book-length response from several atheists, predictably titled Still Unbelievable. Ever the hospitable host, Justin has invited two […]
My review of Did God Really Command Genocide?: The Shorter Version
Yesterday I posted my review of Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan’s Did God Really Command Genocide? as an Amazon review. Alas, Amazon required me to shorten the review since it was a couple thousand words too long to fit on Amazon’s platform. But after some diligent work I managed to pare it down in length. […]
A bad objection to divine command theories of ethics
A reader named Mark posted a comment to my article “Pot. Kettle. Black. Another response to Chris Hallquist” in which he raised the following objection to divine command theories of ethics: “The point is that DCE has the apparent consequence that *if* God orders me to murder people for fun, *then* I’m obligated to do […]