David Drumm discusses the Euthyphro dilemma which can be stated as “Are morally good acts willed by God because they are morally good, or are they morally good because they are willed by God?”
For the religious, the problem with accepting the former option is that it implies the existence of a prior morality that exists independently of god and makes god redundant, something believers are loth to concede because the existence of a universal moral sense is one of their ‘arguments’ for god.
Divine Command Theory, which “includes the claim that morality is ultimately based on the commands or character of God, and that the morally right action is the one that God commands or requires” argues for the latter view, and is used by religious apologists to justify all the unspeakable atrocities recounted in the holy books of religion, saying that if they were ordered by god, they must be automatically good, a variation on the ad slogan for jams and preserves “With a name like Smucker’s, it has to be good!”
It is discussions like these that forcefully remind me how simple life becomes when you don’t have a god to create logical problems.
Here’s a slogan: Theological problems giving you a headache? Give up god and they all disappear!