On Moral-Natural and Moral-Positive Duties: A Combination Metaethical Theory in the Restoration Tradition

This article elucidates a unique metaethical theory implicit in the work of several thinkers associated with the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement. After positioning that theory within a broader landscape of metaethical positions endorsed by several prominent contemporary Christian philosophers an...

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Published in:Studies in Christian ethics
Main Authors: Martin, Kraig (Author); Clanton, J. Caleb 1978-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2017]
In:Studies in Christian ethics
Year: 2017, Volume: 30, Issue: 4, Pages: 429-448
Further subjects:B Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement
B combination theory
B Euthyphro dilemma
B Alexander Campbell
B arbitrariness
B natural law theory
B Metaethics
B Christian Ethics
B Divine command theory
B James Beattie
B Christian philosophers
B DIVINE commands (Ethics)
B RESTORATION ecology
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Summary:This article elucidates a unique metaethical theory implicit in the work of several thinkers associated with the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement. After positioning that theory within a broader landscape of metaethical positions endorsed by several prominent contemporary Christian philosophers and theologians, we address the concern that, when attending to the Euthyphro dilemma, the Restoration-inspired combination metaethical theory inevitably collapses into either an unalloyed divine command theory or an unalloyed natural law theory. In explaining how this sort of worry can be mitigated, we offer reason to think that the nonreductive, combination metaethical theory in question constitutes potentially fertile territory for further scholarly work in Christian ethics.
ISSN:0953-9468
Contains:Enthalten in: Studies in Christian ethics
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1177/0953946816680138