Can We Be Good Without God? : A Conversation about Truth, Morality, Culture and a Few Other Things That Matter

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  • Copyright: 1996-02-01
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Pr

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Physician-assisted suicide. Racism. Genetic engineering. Abortion. Poverty. Capital punishment.Our culture is beset by a host of vexing ethical questions. Are there any foundational moral principles to guide us? If so, where do they come from?Christians say that we can--and should--be guided by principles derived from a right understanding of God. But skeptics and those with differing religious convictions argue that ethics and morality need not have anything to do with the God of the Old and New Testaments. Are they correct? Can right and wrong exist without God? Can we, in fact, be good or bad without God?In Paul Chamberlain's intriguing, inventive book, these questions are explored by a cast of five: Ted (a Christian) joins Graham (an atheist), Francine (a moral relativist), William (an evolutionist) and Ian (a secular humanist). Together they have been summoned to the home of a mystery host. And together, to the benefit of their host and the reader, they undertake a fascinating examination of truth, conduct, culture--and a few other things that matter.

Author Biography

Paul Chamberlain (Ph.D., Marquette University) is assistnt professor of philosophy and religious studies at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia.

Table of Contents

Do Real Right & Wrong Exist?
What's at Stake? The Meaning of Morality
What If Morality Were Subjective? The Consequences of Subjective Morality
Subjective Morality Found Wanting: The Case Against Subjective Morality
Why Morality Must Be Objective: The Case for an Objective Moral Standard
Hey, I Object! Obstacles to Believing in Objective Morality
But Don't Different Cultures Have Different Moral Practices? A Major Obstacle to Objective Morality
Foundations of Objective Moral Standards
Morals Without God: An Atheist Foundation
Can We Be the Basis of Morals? A Humanist Foundation, Part I
Can Our Needs Be the Basis of Morals? A Humanist Foundation, Part II
Morals--the Key to Survival: An Evolutionary Foundation
Introducing God: A Christian Theist Foundation
Objecting to God: Obstacles to Believing in the God Hypothesis
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