And the Lord spoke unto the philosopher, "I am the Lord thy God, and I am the source of all that is good. Why does thy secular moral philosophy ignore me?"
And the philosopher spoke unto the Lord, "To answer that, I must first ask you some questions. You command us to do what is good, but is it good because you command it, or do you command it because it is good?"
God replied, "It is good because I command it."
"The wrong answer, surely," said the philosopher, "If it is only good because you say it is so, then you could, if you wished, make it so that torturing children is good. But that would be absurd, wouldn't it?"
"Of course!" replied the Lord. "I tested thee and thou hast made me pleased. What was the other choice again?"
"You command what is good because it is good. But that shows quite clearly that goodness does not depend on you at all. So we don't need to study God to study good."
"Even so" spoke the Lord, "you've got to admit I've written some interesting books on the subject..."
|QUOTE (John Lennon)|