The Euthyphro Dilemma is found in Plato's works. It is a simple question about the nature of evil if a God were to exist.
Is something evil because God says so, or is there an independent factor?
- If it is the former, then evil is meaningless, since God could say charity is evil.
- If it is the latter, God cannot determine evil, and therefore isn't Omnipotent.
Through the years, apolgousts, mainly Christian have attempted to refute the dilemma. The largest one is the claim:
Evil is that which contradicts the nature of God.
Of course, this only pushes the question back one recursion.
- Is god's nature good because he says so?
- Or is it good becuuse of some independent factor?
Both problems still exist in the recursion, therefore this is not a sound refutation.