Category Archives: Morality

Why Does God Not Stop All Evil?

One of modern atheists’ and skeptics’ criticisms of God is that He should stop evil. They are fond of quoting horrible circumstance X, and saying that if God existed and was good, He would certainly, at a minimum, stop X. … Continue reading

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Response to Sam Harris The Moral Landscape

Sam Harris published a book titled The Moral Landscape. In it he attempts to hold to objective moral truth with a goal of human well being as self-evident. But he also holds that this objective moral truth is due to … Continue reading

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Why Be Ethical?

I’ve been reading a book called The Geography of Good and Evil:  Philosophical Investigations by Andreas Kinneging (ISI Books, 2009). This book is no small oddity, since it includes two things not commonly found in modern books on ethics and … Continue reading

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Sam Harris’ Morality

Atheist writer Sam Harris book The Moral Landscape includes Harris’ argument for a morality ultimately based in human experience of natural physical forces. His book includes the following: Many people seem to think that because moral facts relate to our … Continue reading

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I Feel Marriage is Redefined

The state of Utah has struck down portions of its marriage law and began opening the door for polygamy. This is no surprise, for Christians have been saying polygamy would be an inevitable outcome of the current worldview. What is … Continue reading

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Was Hitler an Atheist, Christian, or True Scotsman?

(This post is largely taken from a presentation by John Ferrer. No doubt his statements were much better than my summary, so I attribute any successes to him and any failures to me.) Adolph Hitler is often presented as an … Continue reading

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Nietzsche vs. Modern Atheists

The writer Friedrich Nietzsche (d.1900), when commenting about religious matters, was by no means a friend of Christianity. Living in Christian-influenced Europe, he taught that those who do not conform to society’s norms, including the moral norms, were the ones … Continue reading

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Is Evolution A Sufficient Explanation for Morality?

A recent comment brought my attention to a blog post about morality, which you can find here.  The author is atheist and makes the argument that morals have evolved. I am responding here because it seems this view is accepted … Continue reading

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Relativism is Self-Refuting

People who hold to relativism in the area of goodness, evil, or morality hold that the standard of goodness can change from group to group. Relativists hold that each society can determine its own morality. Atheist Carl Sagan, for example, … Continue reading

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Was God Racist When He Commanded The Destruction of Canaan?

The accusation has been made that God was racist when He commanded Israel to destroy the people of Canaan in The Old Testament The problem is that it is rather hard to be racist when both Israel and Canaan were … Continue reading

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Did God Speak to People of Canaan?

Regarding the issue of God commanding Israel to destroy everyone in Canaan, the position of the critic and atheist seems to be that God gave an excessive punishment on an entire people group with no warning. Such a statement shows … Continue reading

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God and Canaan: Another Perspective

Author Paul Copan has published a some articles on God and the Canaanites, which gives some interesting perspectives. You can find them at these links: How Could God Command Killing the Canaanites? Divinely Mandated Genocide or Corporate Capital Punishment? The New … Continue reading

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What is Good?

How do we define what is good? Is it good because I desire it? Or because I say it is good? Or because we vote and most of us say it is good? Thomas Aquinas gives us an answer in … Continue reading

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Atheist and Christian Dialog About Morals

A dialog between Christian and Atheist about morals. A: I do not believe God exists, and everything is explained via chemistry and physics. . . there is no need for the supernatural. C: I’ve heard you say this. A: You say that God … Continue reading

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What if Good Were to Exist Independently of God?

One view of the grounds for morality says that good can exist independently of God, and tries to put the burden of proof on the theist to prove that God is necessary for morality. The atheist might say that if … Continue reading

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Why Should We Follow God’s Moral Commands?

The question of morals and why we should follow moral guidelines is always a question in philosophy and theology. One of the common questions that often arises is Divine Command Theory, which deals with God giving commands that we should follow, usually … Continue reading

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Why Ought We Be Moral?

The king of the skeptics, David Hume, wrote the following in his A Treatise on Human Nature: I have always remarked, that the author proceeds for some time in the ordinary way of reasoning, and establishes the being of a … Continue reading

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Roe v. Wade, Considered

The anniversary of legalized voluntary child killing brings a rather profound irony. Our culture knows many times more about the development of a human than it did in 1973, so we can no longer say an unborn child is a … Continue reading

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You Should Listen to Ravi Z.

Ravi Zacharias has a radio program called “Let My People Think” which airs on many stations. You can listen to the programs online at this link: http://www.rzim.org/let-my-people-think-broadcasts/ The most recent three programs have been very insightful and interesting. If you … Continue reading

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Does The Mere Existence of Morality Demonstrate God Exists?

A nice video from philosopher and theist Peter Kreeft. For more on this topic, see here, and here, and here. Oh, and here, and here, and here.

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Is God Bound to the Same Moral Code as We?

Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” … Continue reading

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Evil, God, and Atheism

As I write this, there has been yet another evil act that recently occurred. A man took guns into a crowded theater and killed 12 people, wounded many more, and caused a tremendous amount of suffering and pain. I have … Continue reading

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Sandusky: Homosexual Molestation, Once Again

This week in the news there is yet another large scandal involving adult males molesting young boys. It seems this happens all too frequently: ten years ago it was priests, then every so often there is another case in the … Continue reading

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Morality: Universal & Objective, or Cultural & Relative?

In Dinesh D’Souza’s book What’s So Great About Christianity? he pokes a few large holes in the common arguments that people level against the Christian faith, and specifically shows how the Christian view of morality holds up, while the secular … Continue reading

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Dawkins vs. Nietzsche: Contradictions in Atheism

Current atheist rock star Richard Dawkins is quoted as arguing against the morality of Christianity, specifically saying that God is immoral. Dawkins says “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and … Continue reading

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Problems with Kant’s Categorical Imperative

In his book Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, philosopher Immanuel Kant gives a succinct definition of his basis for morals, which he calls the categorical imperative. Kant states “There is, therefore, only a single categorical imperative and it is … Continue reading

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Does the Existence of Moral Evil Prove or Disprove God?

1. People deny God because moral evil exists.  They claim there is moral evil in the world and in the Bible, therefore God is either non-existent, immoral, or powerless. 2. Therefore we should live as if God does not exist, … Continue reading

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How Can a Good God Allow Evil?

Here are a couple of good video clips about the question of God and evil. The frist is Greg Koukle, and the second is Ravi Zacharias.

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The Bible’s Teaching About Babies

A few years ago, the man who was then President of the United States, Bill Clinton, was quoted as saying that he had read the Bible and could not find in it where it said that unborn babies were persons, … Continue reading

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Atheists & Morality (Again)

Another blog post about atheists and morality. Before I start, let me respond to the inevitable criticism that always seems to come up. I affirm that atheists teach morality; I deny that atheists are nessesarily immoral. OK, I said it. I always have to … Continue reading

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