How can God know that He is Good?

A Christian Answer to Euthyphro's Dilemma: Bob Enyart's answer to Euthyphro earned a link from's own article called What is Good by Dr. Jonathan Sarfati. In a dialogue of Socrates with Euthyphro, a state's attorney heading to court in Athens to prosecute his own father, the Greek philosopher Plato reports an apparent dilemma for those who believe in God. Atheists argue that Euthyphro's Dilemma shows that moral absolutes cannot logically flow from a divine being. See the full Euthyphro dialogue & Bob Enyart's answer.

As Euthyphro's Dilemma is presented to the Christian:

1) Is something (like humility) good because God recognizes it as good? Or,
2) Is something good because God commands that it is good (as Socrates put it, because God loves it)?

Socrates’ dialogue with Euthyphro used these questions as the backdrop to show the logical contradictions in the Greek pantheon of gods. Even though Christian theology differs from Greek mythology, the atheist can still start his inquiry with these identical questions posed to the believer. Whether this argument still succeeds depends upon the force of this dilemma against the claims of Christianity. So, is something like kindness or honesty inherently good, and simply recognized by the Trinity as such, or does God make something, like kindness, good by deciding that it will be a good thing...

This old Bob Enyart Live program happened to air on a Friday, and it's been seven years since then, so here at BEL we're not sure if this qualifies to be a special edition of Real Science Radio. We put it on this list hoping that someone in our BEL family of friends could give this a listen and then email to let us know if this show should be listed as a RSR program! (Also, if you'd like to, feel free to try your hand at writing a brief summary of the show.) Thanks! -The Crew at BEL