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God’s Command

John E. Hare


This book focuses on divine command, and in particular, the theory that what makes something obligatory is that God commands it, and what makes something wrong is that God commands us not to do it. Focusing on the Abrahamic faiths, the book explains that two experiences have had to be integrated. The first is that God tells us to do something, or not to do something. The second is that we have to work out ourselves what to do and what not to do. The difficulty has come in establishing the proper relation between them. In Christian reflection on this, two main traditions have emerged, divine co ... More

Keywords: philosophy, theology, Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Christianity, Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199602018
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602018.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John E. Hare, author
Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale University