Sunday, May 17, 2009

Episode 14

Phew. Busy day, I almost missed writing this one.

The Atheist Experience caller that I mentioned yesterday didn't call back to the show today. I was prepared to make my comments anyway, but then there wasn't enough time left. Pity. Still, I got to have fun with a nutcase spouting theistic cosmology, and deliver a little talk regarding the Euthyphro Dilemma. So, it was still a lot of fun!

-Jeff Dee

3 Comments:

At 2:29 PM, Blogger Valdemar said...

I'll have to check it out when it's uploaded, my stream was messing around yesterday so I just gave up on it (probably my ISP showing their disapproval at my extreme bandwidth usage). It's a shame you aren't on tAE more often Jeff, though I daresay you have enough things filling up your time currently.

 
At 4:30 PM, Blogger Kevin H said...

Jeff, are you aware of the third option that splits the horns of the Euthyphro?

Kevin

 
At 7:06 AM, Blogger Jeff Dee said...

(typos corrected)

I'm aware of an argument that apologists make which is *supposed* to 'split the horns of the Euthyphro', but it does no such thing.

It goes like this: 'God neither arbitrarily dictates nor passively reports the rules of morality. The rules of morality are inherent in his nature.'

But that simply begs the question. Where did the god get his nature from? If he created his own nature, then he arbitrarily dictated whatever moral rules are inherent in it. If he did not create his own nature, then he passively reports moral rules of which he is not the author.

Despite this transparent attempt to obfuscate the issue, the Euthyphro stands.

 

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