Thursday, February 21, 2019

Chapter 2: Some objections

I. Objection 1: The Rule of Right Behavior could simply be one of our instincts.
    A. The Rule helps us to decide among conflicting instincts, which are not inherently right or wrong.
    B. The complete dominance of any given instinct over all others invariably leads to evil.
    C. Therefore, the Rule is not one of the instincts.
II. Objection 2: The Rule of Right Behavior could simply be a social convention.
    A. The Rule is learned but not arbitrary.
    B. The Rule’s existence makes moral progress possible.
    C. Therefore, the Rule cannot be merely a social convention.
    D. Moral progress is not the same as progress in knowledge.

Discussion questions: (pp. 9-15)
    1. Are instincts and impulses morally neutral? (pp. 9-11)
    2. Is it true that any instinct, under the wrong conditions, can lead to evil? (pp. 11-12)
    3. Extra credit: what is conscience?
    4. Why is the Moral Law not just a human convention? (pp. 12-13)
    5. Can you give an example of moral progress? Is Luke 6:31 such an example? (pp. 13-14)
    6. What does Jer. 31:33 tell us about the way that the Moral Law comes to us?

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