Morality is a human creation we don't need god to have morality walter sinnott-armstrong, author of a recent book on the topic, argues forcefully for this position in this episode of the philosophy bites podcast listen to walter sinnott-armstrong on morality without god. Morality without religion on the view that morality is god we can do this without blasphemy, because it is our own nature, not god, that is the source of our species morality hopefully, governments that equate morality with religion are listening web surfer's caveat: these are class notes, intended to comment on readings and amplify. Finally, since agony can exist without god, and agony inherently involves badness, badness can exist without god conclusion we’ve identified a moral proposition that boasts of the following features: it’s (i) necessarily true, (ii) fundamental, and (iii) it does not involve god. Morals without god by frans de waal october 17, 2010 5:15 pm october 17, 2010 5:15 pm the stone is a forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless it is impossible to know what morality would look like without religion it would require a visit to a human culture that is not now and.
Morality without god philosopher michael ruse says the god delusion embarrasses him to be an atheist the hype and embarrassment regarding geneticist, professor, and author richard dawkins’ anti-religious arguments lacks an important strand: his views on morality. Morality without god a new wave of secular books has challenged religion’s claim to supply meaning and morality simon blackburn reflects on the root of human values. It should be noted that his instinctive sense of morality comes without knowledge of god or a creator and while this may seem to be an atheistic or at least secular way of thinking about how morality is “inborn it is impossible to ignore the way the bible and religious learning influence even this aspect of the story. Not only is morality possible without god, but belief in god is, in his view, harmful to proper morality theists argue that without god, we have no reason to be moral sinnott-armstrong writes that morality has an objective basis in avoiding harm to others, and the desire to avoid inflicting such harms gives us sufficient reason to be moral.
Morality doesn't exist by itself, it only exist within the context of human thought so to ask if morality could exist without god, is the same as asking if human thought can exist without god. The proposition that there can be no morality without god when analyzed, comes to this: there can be no morality without the protestant religion, and it is as yet uncertain which is the protestant religion. God's existence has direct bearing on how we view morality as dostoyevsky so famously put it, without god, everything is permitted at first glance, this statement may not make sense. Teaching ethics a number of years ago, i was told by an earnest student that there can be no morality without god he seemed to agree implicitly with the idea that “if god does not exist, then all things are permitted.
Morality without god is an attempt to answer some of the most common challenges to the morality of atheists author walter sinnott-armstrong is a philosophy professor at duke university who has spent much of his career studying and writing on the subjects of ethics and morality. Assert without contradiction that (a) there are moral facts and (b) god doesn’t exist: “if it were true that morality is dependent on god it would follow that if god did not exist, then the basic belief that. Morality without god is an engaging, pithy book arguing against the necessity of god and religion for a robust morality walter sinnott-armstrong has distinguished himself as a leading philosopher in his work on metaethics and moral psychology,. The most discussed moral argument for god’s existence is currently the argument concerning the ontological basis for objective moral values: 1 if god does not exist, objective moral values do not exist 2 objective moral values do exist • jean-paul sartre: when we speak of 'abandonment' – a. Without god, he seems to suggest, there is no possibility of moral choice and therefore no possibility of freedom atheism buys security at the expense of morality yet this is a reading that sits uncomfortably with the idea that if god does not exist, then everything and anything is permitted.
If god commanded an action, the command would be without reason, completely arbitrary, therefore god cannot be the source of morality therefore theism can enforce a morality, but it can't show it’s right. “we keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality on every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid. Now, to simplify the argument—even at the risk of making it simplistic—you can be moral without belief in god, but you cannot have objective morality if god does not exist but again, none of this is to say atheists can’t be or aren’t good people, or that theists can’t be or aren’t bad people.
It’s been fascinating to watch the very vocal and prolific new atheists, such as christopher hitchens, sam harris, daniel dennett and richard dawkins, make a case for objective morality. If human morality is part of the larger scheme of nature, there is neither a good reason to look at evolutionary theory as undermining morality nor to look at god as a requirement for it. Objective morality, or what every human sees as an absolute moral truth, could not exist without god's nature because we must be unbiased and neutral if we were created spontaneously with no purpose 2. How morality has the objectivity that matters—without god it’s this fear that without god we’ll have a moral vacuum and descend into nihilism that sustains some in the conviction that there is a god or that we need to encourage belief in god regardless of the evidence to the contrary.
Some argue that atheism must be false, since without god, no values are possible, and thus everything is permitted walter sinnott-armstrong argues that god is not only not essential to morality, but that our moral behavior should be utterly independent of religion. Without god, objective morality would not exist with god, objective morality finds its roots may we lovingly help a lost world to seek these truths and find god. Summary of morality without god by john arthur nirvair chahal dr ronald de sousa phla11 s ta chad horne 996811650 january 24, 2012 john arthur argues that morality exists without the influence of religion in his passage morality without god.