Watching various debates between atheists and the religious i have noticed, as i am sure many others have, that the question of morality always wants to rear it's head as an argument against atheism while it seems obvious to any atheist that religion is not a requirement for morality i have yet to hear an. This debate is reproduced from the carm discussion boards in march of 2003 the topic is as follows: the atheistic worldview (there is no god) cannot defend moral absolutes, and thus its moral system is inconsistent and self-contradictory the christian theist worldview can defend moral absolutes, and thus its moral. Humans have a sense of right and wrong does this mean that morality is absolute and if absolute, would god be needed to make it so even theologians are perplexed by god & morality some even admit it. Sean mcdowell and dr james corbett debate on whether god is the best explanation for morality or whether there is another more compelling alternative.
Christian ethics has a teleological aspect—all ethical behavior is oriented towards a vision of the kingdom of god—a righteous society where all live in peace and harmony with god and nature, as envisioned in the book of isaiah specific ethical behaviors originate in the old testament's ten commandments, and are. What is the best account of objective moral values and duties join drs william lane craig, ken keathley, jamie dew, bruce little and ratio christi at nc state for a 2-day symposium to address this topic and more. Philosopher michael ruse has written: 'the god delusion makes me embarrassed to be an atheist' but in all the hype and embarrassment over geneticist professor richard dawkins's anti-religious arguments, there is an important strand in his argument that has been overlooked: his views on morality.
The article is entitled “gods and morality” your debate with dr pigliucci was several years ago what was the topic dr craig: i think it was the existence of god we debated at the university of georgia in athens years ago that was the debate to which i wore the famous – or infamous – sweater, the moral compass. Theistic moral theories don't even “get off the ground,” as far as i can tell but back to the debate one problem here is that the topic of the debate – and the topic craig always raises in his moral argument for god's existence – is meta- ethical, while kagan focuses his research on ethical theory and applied. My argument is that objective morality can not exist on any level beyond that of the individual (possibly god's doing, but doesn't explain those without morals) as there is no line built into everyone that can be sensed all our personal limits of what's over the line to quote francois tremblay's short version on this topic. Curiously, the debate in the realm of god and morality tends to focus explicitly on whether or not atheism necessarily leads to moral nihilism it's more or less taken for granted that theistic morality is itself sound ie if there is a god, then we clearly do have morality in an article titled the indispensability of.
God's absence leaves a sizable void that needs to be filled by something and atheism isn't it now, i should flag up front that, as a rule, i no longer engage in the debate about whether god exists or not he doesn't and i'm as confident of that fact as i am that the earth is round and that table manners are in. However, in this first video, steve considers why you might like the view that morality just is god's commands i would like to hear other people's input on how to get ridof the contradiction or phrase my argument in a way that disproves the divine commandment theory 1 vote. There is an historical debate in philosophy that begins with plato's euthyphro on the relation between the omniscient authority of god and morality we do not intend to rehash the vast literature on this topic1 instead we will concentrate on the arguments given by william lane craig, a well-known philosopher of. A good liberal education will initiate students into a discussion of the major ways civilization has devised for talking about morality and the human condition from within almost any religious worldview, conservative or liberal, people must set themselves right with god, reconciling themselves to the basic moral structure of.
The argument from absolute power divine command theory after scotus criticisms of divine command theory cudworth's criticism: morality becomes arbitrary bentham's criticism: difficulty in identifying god's will leibniz's criticism: divine goodness becomes meaningless lingering problems with religious ethics. Since we know that some things are really wrong, then objective values exist, which means that god must exist [later in the debate:] here craig proceeded to take advantage of flewís failure to address the objective morality argument by creating the atheist position himself, and attacking that: atheists say that human. In this debate “god and ethics” which robert garcia and nathan king are editing, they have the debate with paul kurtz on “goodness without god is good enough ” – that was the topic – reprinted  then they solicited comments from philosophers around the country from a variety of perspectives  they got professor.
Throughout their history, one of the great selling points of religions – in particular the monotheistic religions – has been their importance as a bedrock of moral values without religious faith, runs the argument, we cannot anchor our moral truths or truly know right from wrong without belief in god we will be lost in a miasma. Last week our friends at newyorkapologeticscom hosted a debate on morality between me and dr michael shermer, publisher of skeptic magazine you can see the raw streaming video from the debate here (a three camera professional video is forthcoming, but i'm not sure when. [editor's note: the following new entry by c stephen evans replaces the former entry on this topic by the previous author] moral something that resembles a moral argument for god's existence, or at least an argument from value, can be found in the fourth of thomas aquinas's “five ways” (aquinas.
Moral argument - do humans, being shaped in the image of god, have an intuitive sense of right and wrong learn about this argument. Alan keyes, former presidential candidate, and alan dershowitz, law professor at harvard, debated the topic of whether or not morality is dependent upon religion ( september 27, 2000) in this debate, keyes asserted there is a nexus dershowitz , a skeptic who has abandoned the religious elements of his jewish heritage,. So this discussion that we're having is by no means a new one and doesn't involve such a new thought we've had to wrestle for a very long time with the idea, what will we do about civilization what will we do about values, ethics, morals how will we teach them how will we learn to live with one another in. The continuing debate between persson and savulescu and myself over moral enhancement concerns two dimensions of a very large question the large question is: what exactly makes something a moral enhancement this large question needs a book length study and this i provide in my how to be good, oxford 2016.