God and Moral Facts: A Trinitarian Realist Model of Christian Metaethics

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Title: God and Moral Facts: A Trinitarian Realist Model of Christian Metaethics
Author: Trapp, Michael
Advisor: Coppenger, Mark T.
Abstract: This dissertation is a model of Christian metaethics based on God's Triune

nature. Chapter 1 discusses overall issues and problems in metaethics and how they

relate to Christian theology, with emphasis on problems for Christian metaethics.

Chapter 2 examines contemporary secular versions of moral realism in the

academy. It also inquires into the various ways God may be related to moral obligations.

Chapter 3 includes a broad survey of traditional Christian metaethics.

Christian thinkers from both the natural law and divine command traditions are

examined.

Chapter 4 surveys metaethical models of writers from the revival of Christian

metaethics in the twentieth century.

Chapter 5 includes the dissertation's main argument for Trinitarian moral

realism. God's Triune existence is posited as a fruitful way of founding moral

obligations that dodges familiar conceptual difficulties.

Chapter 6 seeks to show how Trinitarian realism can move from theory to

practice. It first compares Trinitarian realism with Islamic metaethics. It then shows how

the model can be applied to a particular moral case and, finally, to Christian apologetics.

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10392/3831
Date: 2010-05

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