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Arguing for Atheism 6: Are God and ethics inseparable or incompatible?

07/22/2011

Here Le Poidevin sort of loses me, for once. He brings up Euthyphro, seems to answer it in some way for the theist, but then puts forward a further problem, that of moral pluralism and autonomy, saying that atheist ethics better solve the problem. His moral pluralism point seems the weakest. He argues that a society with many views of morality may be better than one with a single view, therefore God deciding what view is best is a problem. Really? I guess it depends on how we define morality. As Harris says, maybe there are multiple peaks of the moral landscape, but I don’t see a problem with a God saying or deciding what peak is highest. How is that a problem? Next, I find his moral relativism as a solution to be really problematic. Morality! When will I get to you. Sort of want to reread this chapter as well!

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