As you will discover, Euthyphro is dogmatic but not very bright. This makes
him ill-suited for the demands of the Socratic dialogue which involves a
free and critical inquiry into the nature of truth. Although generally portrayed
as a religious conservative, Euthyphro's strict adherence to the views of
the gods as portrayed in Homer is out of
step with the Athenians of his day (including the conservatives).
Since the literalist position, though accepted prior to the stresses and
strains of the Peloponnesian War, was no longer
common by this time (399 B.C.E.), Euthyphro was in the minority and often
the subject of ridicule. For Socrates, himself,
a strict religious interpretation stands in the way of the quest for knowledge
to which he is passionately committed.