…or does it? I am willing to admit that morality is a very tough topic to think about. But what I don’t see is that if I became a theist that the toughness of the topic goes away. Even if I returned to theism I’d still be left with questions that I would have:
- How did god come up with morals? (relates to Euthyphro)
- What is it that grounds the moral authority of god over us?
- How do we know that the god we have chosen to believe in is actually a god who represents true goodness and not an evil god who has tricked us into believing that he represents true goodness?
- How do we know that our conclusions about what our god deems as moral are the correct conclusions or interpretations? Couldn’t we be mistaken?
- What if it actually turns out that more gods exist than we thought and the other gods have conflicting morals – which morals would end up winning over as the objective ones which are meant to be followed?
That last one is an interesting one, and a related bit of info is the realization that all of the famous purported proofs for the existence of one god could be re-written to try and prove the existence of more than one god… try it out and see what you think.
My point is not that theists are in a tougher position regarding morality, but that we are all really on equal ground here.
There is definitely a positive side to the idea of having a god who represents true goodness (assuming we humans could get our act together and agree on all the things that are truly good)… it would be very nice to have someone watching over all of us and protecting those who want to be good, and keeping those who want to practice evil in check. But obviously just because there are benefits to such a concept does not prove that it represents reality. In fact, the reality of our world seems to indicate otherwise.
If you would like to think more about the comparisons between theistic and atheistic moralities and if you’d like to think even more outside of the box with some unique ideas I’d highly recommend this article. I’d also highly recommend this debate for more very interesting thoughts on the good versus evil god hypotheses.
My next post will not have “Morality Posts” in the subject line, and will be a true transition away from the topic, because I think I’ve said enough! 🙂