The good is what God wills

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The good is what God wills

T​‌‌‍‌‍‌‍‌‍‍‌‌‌‍‌‌‍‌​he editors of our text point out that there is an ambiguity in the claim: ‘the good is what God wills’. That is, it must mean one or the other of the following two statements:

1) God wills what is good because it is good

2) What is good is good because God wills it

In the first statement, what is good is that way because of its own inherent goodness, whether or not God wills it. It’s goodness ‘ stands on its own’ so to speak. But because it is good, God wills it. In the sec​‌‌‍‌‍‌‍‌‍‍‌‌‌‍‌‌‍‌​ond statement, a thing has no inherent goodness. It’s goodness is externally determined by God’s will. In your discussion post please do the following:

1) Identify which of the two statements you tend to agree with.

2) Develop a sincere argument in support of the statement you DO NOT agree with.

3) Carefully describe how the argument you created in 2) is not really persuasive. (In other words, argue against what you argued in 2.)

4) Pose a challenging question to at least t​‌‌‍‌‍‌‍‌‍‍‌‌‌‍‌‌‍‌​wo other posts.