Answer this question with your thesis statement: what should we conclude on the basis of the “Euthyphro Dilemma”? In other words, what does this dilemma show or prove about religion? (Here are a few possible answers: the dilemma shows that the god(s) are not the most important thing for us to know in order to act rightly; the dilemma shows that right and wrong depend on the will of the god(s); the dilemma shows nothing about religion…)

1,000 words minimum, 1,250 maximum. The essay must do the following: make a clear thesis statement by the end of the first paragraph (please underline your thesis statement), give **one** argument in support of the thesis using one of the six deductive argument forms from Chapter VIII of RFA, and explain **one** reason someone might have for objecting to, or not believing, your thesis statement. Finally, give an argument against the objection, and conclude your paper with a brief statement summarizing what you have accomplished.





Dead line: 4-8-2011(10pm)

Euthyphro Dilemma



Euthyphro dilemma is the regular plan on issues at hand that elevates the presence of God. There is the assumption that a person’s action will not rely on influence of God in a way that humans on this issues will be independent. In this way, [1] dilemma is manifested to be distinct from God. This is will regarding the decision of people about doing well, which is out of their desire and not influenced by Gods. With respect to God, it is presumed that God loves things because they are and not that the love of God on things is a result of their being. This means that God is distinct from occurrences of the nature. [2] A clear affirmation is that God loves things the way they are and not because he wants to transform them. In another format to denote this is where we refer that, God’s will is good and just. The ability and willingness to do well is not necessarily influenced by God because being good is a self-initiative [3] decision.


Dilemma as per philosophy directly contrasts with religion because [4] philosophy believes in human will while religion believes in God’s will. This dilemma is believed because of the wisdom of human beings. This is where human beings use their wisdom through realism and natural occurrences to dictate their behavior. It argues that t[5] he decision of whether to do good or evil is the decision of person and not with influence of God’s rule and will. In many ways, it is derived from the concepts of conscience. In Haman, there is concept of conscience, in other words, the voices that exist in human mind and heart. These voices are assigned to determine if one has to do good or evil.


In an instance where the conscience is positive about things or a certain environment, this will prompt him or her to do well.  Therefore, [6] many contrasts deprive religion to prevail. The religion concept of view about dilemma happens to be different from that philosopher. This is seen where everything is because of God’s will. Religion is very keen to emphasize that all human actions are influenced by the presence of God. This happens where the perception that much devotion in the religion will transform a person to be good.


In many occurrences, dilemma eliminated the presence of God. This is because it is not out of God’s presence that a human should do good or evil. In other words, God does not have relevance in our lives in determining good or evil. This leaves us with a question of who is responsible for our bad actions if in religion God aids in good. With Christianity, negativism is associated with devil while positivism is regarded with God. Religion behaves contrary to the way dilemma is viewed in Euthyphro. This dilemma is in diverse congruence with religion because there is variance to whether moral or religious beliefs are given [7] national priority.


Warner (92) quotes that many people have chosen to follow the call of religion rather than the moral duty. This occurs where a minister of the religion whose family is faced with health problem would prefer to minister rather than attend to his family chores. A critic evolves in religion where there is appraisal of mare neglect in moral duty. [8] The Euthyphro dilemma takes control in those instances where moral duty is neglected. To some extent, religion is overpowered as its devotion leads to people forgetting to do good all the time. This is because there is an assumption that being religious brings a portrait of goodness. However, this is overruled in the contest where duty is prioritized much further than religious calling.

Much contrast and puzzlement comes with the issue of commandments. Theism refers to the Ten Commandments as laws of nature. It draws many crises to humilities religious faith that at earlier stages was viewed supreme. In addition, it brings another controversy about the existence of God. This also brings an influence to the people to doubt about the presence of God. Living without God has been suggested though it is an ideal situation. [9] The origin and existence of theories of nature trace origin from God. This is because many extraordinary and amazing occurrences bring a clear hypothesis is that confirms of subsistence of a supreme being. In this way, philosophers might not have achieved much but they brought up a sense of value and social obligation. Secular theories of morality also bring a wilder understanding about dilemma.


The other point about dilemma is about voluntarism being enhanced to show continual life without God. The act of volunteering in whatever life chores brings about moral standards. Actions and behaviors of people are regulated and engulfed by life limits. In such an instance, everyone is presumed to be accountable for his actions. This theory has somehow [10] proven the topic of guiltiness. In the notion that every person wrongs, regardless of him being religious or atheist, experiences guilty at the end. This gives a loophole for the argument that, with or without God, everyone is independent in making either wrong or right decision. Intellectuals have also given view that life requires personal decisions. Therefore, good and bad in our lives in distinct from God. Individuals have the will and power to decide their life and shape life according to their capability. In this contest, more of human is manifested in order to emphasize the will power of human.


In all these theories, the will of God and that of man are said to concur because the will of man and his ability to decide gives him a higher rank in issues concerning his life. This way man is said to be living independently without God’s intervention. With the fact that every individual knows what is good and bad, humans have been given the mandate to guard their own life. This is because some may have critics that they never seen God. This excuse makes people to be ignorant about the action and influence of God. Therefore, natural cause and rules of conduct are defined to be essential guidelines of human conduct.


Dilemma shows that right and wrong depends on God as according to religion. To support this point, I first, realize that there was no life without God. Therefore, the theory of creation is validated to support Christian views. Everything traces origin from God and in this way; we are subject to his will and commandments. Every believer is thought to have the right to have the holy conscience that is responsible for the good deeds. The bible is used as the standard of measure to regulate human behavior. Quoted from ht bible, “love thy neighbor as thyself” is a clear message that we have to live according to God’s will and purpose. The idea of guilt in religion is accompanied by will and consent to forgive. This helps to believes to reconcile unlike in the other theory. Through this way, we realize we are who we are because God’s influence upon us. We need to realize also that it is through God that we are able to know good and evil. This comes to play where we judge our actions according to the word of God. For instance, we could not see adultery as wrong but now we know because God [11] dictates.


However, the issue surrounding influence of God, to my own view is contrast to religion. According to Landsburg (209), “there is moral obligation and right for each one in decision making”. This gives a point that if there were no human that existed, then there would not be any moral obligation. Everyone has a moral obligation regardless of influence by God. Therefore, human beings have their will and power to act either rightly without the influence of God. Though we might not recognize God, we should know that his will is for us to go well and be [12] good.




Work Cities

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I do not understand this statement. —brianprince498

This sentence is not clear to me. —brianprince498

Please underline your thesis statement; I am not sure what it is. —brianprince498

This is too simple.  Some philosophers believe in human will; others believe in god’s will, and so on. —brianprince498

The Euthyphro dilemma has nothing to do with why humans decide to do good or bad things. —brianprince498

Unclear. —brianprince498

Why is this word here?   —brianprince498

I do not understand what you are talking about here, or what the E. dilemma has to do with it… —brianprince498

I am not sure what you are saying here, but if you mean that physical theories somehow depend on a god, this is simply false.   —brianprince498

Please explain what this means. —brianprince498

This paragraph is unclear.  You may be saying that God exists and created morality, and that Christianity is, in general, true.  If so, you need to give arguments of some kind for these claims; merely asserting them is not enough in a philosophy paper.  You are, of course, welcome to any beliefs you have, but no belief is exempt from the requirement that it be argued for in philosophy. —brianprince498

you may want to rewrite this paper; as it is, it is not clear what your thesis is, or what (if any) argument you are making for it, nor whether you present any objections to the thesis.  Try using tutoring or the writing center to help you write more clearly in English.

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