THE DIVINE COMMAND THEORY
(1) An act A is (morally) right ó [just in case] God commands us to do A (in the relevant circumstances).
(2) An act A is (morally) wrong ó [just in case] God commands us not to do A (in the relevant circumstances).
Consider an abbreviation of the second version of the Divine Command Theory:
Forbidden by God ó Wrong
[FBG ó W]
This is a statement of two implications:
(1) FBG à W
(2) W à FBG
For each statement of implication, answer the following questions:
(a) What does it mean?
(b) Is there a counterexample?
THE ORIGINAL EUTHYPHRO QUESTION: Is act A wrong because God forbids it, or does God forbid it because it is wrong?
The TRUTH-MAKING Answer: A is wrong because God forbids it. (God makes it true that A is wrong.
The TRUTH-DETECTION Answer: God forbids it because A is wrong. (God detects the truth that A is wrong.)
Why is the proponent of the Divine Command Theory committed to the Truth-Making Answer to the Original Euthyphro Question?