Divine Glory Consequentialism

Divine Glory Consequentialism (DGC) is my proposal for a Christian ethical framework for decision making whose guiding principle is that God’s glory (i.e. honor, respect, adoration, etc.) should be maximized. I detail it in a discussion with my friend The Socratic Sessions (he is editing it to be uploaded to YouTube) and my slides for the presentation are given below. I will discuss this idea (which is an old idea put in modern ethical terms) some on this blog in the future.

Slides for The Socratic Sessions

Note: in the slides and in the video, I call it divine glory utilitarianism rather than consequentialism. However, I realized that utilitarianism is committed to maximizing well-being specifically (in whatever is one’s preferred account of well-being, such as hedonism or desire-satisfaction), and divine glory is not an account of well-being, so maximizing God’s glory is more accurately described as a form of consequentialism rather than utilitarianism.

I had a paper accepted at the Society of Christian philosophers on DGC, and I presented this paper for the SCP 2021 Midwest Meeting in October. I am working on revising the paper for submission to an ethics journal.

Slides for the Society of Christian Philosophers