- "...The dilemma has had a major effect on the philosophical theism of the monotheistic religions, but in a modified form: "Is what is morally good commanded by God because it is morally good, or is it morally good because it is commanded by God?" Ever since Plato's original discussion, this question has presented a problem for some theists, though others have thought it a false dilemma, and it continues to be an object of theological and philosophical discussion today...."
- "..On the other hand, if Christians say that goodness is defined by Gods character, then whatever God is or does would be good by definition. If God were cruel and unjust, He would still be “good” because whatever He is and does is defined as good. This is certainly not what Christians want to say. They will affirm that God is necessarily good and not cruel or unjust. But, Martin points out, that seems to presuppose some idea of goodness exists outside of God, otherwise we could not know whether He is being good or cruel. We are brought back to objective standards of goodness outside of Gods character...."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZS_7KrrOsk Question assumptions underlying dilemma.