The Euthyphro Quandry, or
Who Says God is Good?
Seraphim, in his constant work to elucidate all things Greek, explains the quandry of the explaination and definitional standard of God's goodness. As Seraphim says:
"Is an action holy because it is holy, or is it holy because God says it is so? Now, Euthyphro says the latter, but Socrates tears his claim apart by asking a good number of semantical questions, to wit: Do we say that something "is being carried" because it is a "being carried thing," or do we say something "is being carried" because it is, in fact, being carried by someone?"
I think I'd like to come to Euthyphro's defense against good old Soc, but I'm waiting to see Seraphim's work before I venture into these waters.
I have faced the question before. One occasion was when an especially lame Evangelical pastor asked the congregation how we knew God was just. I was bothered by the question because it forced God to come before our court and submit to our standards and understanding of justice. I have some other arguments and, I think, a case that some of Soc's problems of questions of definition but we'll wait to insure the maximum intelligence and optimum arguing capabilities.