Divine command theory is hardly in fashion among ethicists these days. Secular scholars tend toward utilitarianism, the defense of human rights, or accounts of the social contract. Others may share with religious ethicists an interest in advancing an ethic based in natural law or the virtues or both. So it is intriguing and even bold for C. Stephen Evans to have written God and Moral Obligation , “a sustained argument,” as the author puts it, “that God does provide the best explanation for why there are moral obligations.”
Evans, who is University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Baylor University, is a distinguished and prolific scholar, an expert in the thought of Søren Kierkegaard, and, notably, an interpreter of the latter’s moral thought along the lines of a “divine command ethic” akin to what we find defended in this book.