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The Moral Argument for God

In his dialogue with Euthyphro, Socrates asks, “Is the pious loved by the gods because it is pious? Or is it pious because it is loved by the gods?” To put the dilemma in more modern terms: does God command an action because it is good, or is an action good because God commands it? If the former is true, then the good exists independently of God. If the latter is true, then a question arises concerning the arbitrariness of moral obligations...

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Ep. 4 – Morality Without God? with Erik Wielenberg

In episode four, I am joined by moral philosopher Erik Wielenberg as we discuss a popular version of the moral argument for god, as well as the plausibility of a non-theistic objective morality. Dr. Wielenberg is Professor of Philosophy at DePauw University in Indiana, a fellow of the Center for Ethics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews, and has been published in numerous philosophical journals. He has put out three excellent books, including Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe (review), God and the Reach of Reason: C.S. Lewis, David Hume, and Bertrand Russell,...

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Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe

Often times public tragedies in the United States are followed by warnings against godlessness.1 When people have no promise of divine justice and no faith in a good god, the argument goes, it’s no surprise that lives are lost, since life on a naturalistic worldview is without value. Conservative politicians are not the only ones who have been known to make such claims...

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Why Be a Good Person?

‘If there’s no God and no life beyond the grave, doesn’t that mean that men will be allowed to do whatever they want?’
‘Didn’t you know that already?’ he said and laughed again. ‘An intelligent man can do anything he likes as long as he’s clever enough to get away with it.’1

The above passage from Dostoevsky is often cited by religious apologists with the intent to either denounce atheism as immoral, or to suggest that atheists are incapable of accounting for the moral judgments they hold. James Spiegel, in his book The Making of an Atheist: How Immorality Leads to Unbelief, embodies the opin...

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