THE EUTHYPHRO DILEMMA
Also described as so on the site for The Euthyphro Dilemma, trying to expand this argument is much like beating a dead horse. But I suppose the majority of us can humor ourselves a little, eh?
My dilemma with this dilemma was the statement 'Either God is the origin of moral principles, or it isn't.' Maybe I'm breaking this down a little too much, but if this God were the creator of moral principles, which vary endlessly, wouldn't there be in fact multiple gods? I want a root definition for 'Euthyphro''s 'good', or else I'm stuck on the thought that the God we speak of is some selfish superhero that morphs himself like an amoeba just for kicks, or that he may just have multiple personality disorder and has frantically run out of medication. I guess what I'm getting at is this: What about cultures without morals like those of our own? Are those practices they partake in 'evil' because there is a God that punishingly wills it to be so? Do we classify them as evil because they are opposite of our perception of a loving God? Lastly, if we had no 'evils' to compare the 'good' with, would we know what the meaning of 'good' was at all?
For a discussion question,
'In Plato's dialogue "Euthyphro", who is Euthyphro being questioned by on the nature of holiness?