I had a very interesting exchange with a theist on Nate’s Finding Truth blog over here. It started from unkleE’s comment and then went back and forth from there. It was a little off the main topic of Nate’s post but it was related somewhat. I’m guessing it’s a low probability that any reader will be interested enough to click the link and read through our comments, but if you want to understand some of my views on morality a little more and would like to comment here or offer counter-arguments please do. I kept it focussed on one particular item, but it did offer some interesting side discussions along the way. At any rate this is at least a bookmark for myself in case I want to go back at a later time to understand what my views were at this point in my life.
An interesting thing to note in thinking a little more about this afterward is that if I were to return to a moral nihilistic view (which I had held for about 16 years of my life after I decided I didn’t have enough reasons to claim to be a theist) it would be because I felt that there was not enough evidence to support objective morality, not because I felt that somehow moral truths cannot exist without gods. And if I decided that there was not enough evidence to support believing in objective morality, then that just takes me another step away from concluding that there are invisible conscious entities that exist. This relates to what I have written in my 4th paragraph of this post. I haven’t taken a poll or anything but I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of atheists feel the same way. I mentioned most of this (but not all) in the exchange as well.
There are a lot of other interesting things that this discussion got me thinking about. If I can get some time away from work I hope to blog about those ideas. I’ve taken on a new role at work and it’s been kicking my butt – and unfortunately it will get worst before it gets better. This is the reason why my blog has been on hold for a little while. I do hope to come back to this blog however, but I’m not sure when that will be.