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October 27, 2017 at 2:22 pm #1294
Numerous unbelievers and atheists claim that they desire to be simply a “Good Person”; however, with no superior being or example to follow, what is an unbeliever’s standard of morality and goodness?
As humans with an established form of law, we know what is morally wrong, such as murder, slavery, and thievery. If a person becomes a murderer or thief, they are subject to imprisonment. These concepts have been instilled in us as immoral for generations, and the fact that an individual is not religious does not mean they automatically disregard the law.
In addition to understanding what is morally wrong, unbelievers maintain high standards of honesty and integrity; they believe that no person can be moral without possessing either of these traits. Greg Eipstein, author of Good without God, describes an unbeliever’s desire to be honest, writing, “(If you’re coming out as non-religious), then you probably feel a very strong pull to tell the truth and to be honest with yourself and others about who you are.” An unbeliever’s standard of morality is derived from realistic circumstances, rather than references in the Bible.
If one witnesses a child screaming for help whilst drowning in a roaring river, one’s first instinct is to jump into the waves and save them without any hesitation. Similarly, if someone commits murder or seems to have a mental disorder causing them difficulty in differentiating right from wrong, they will be treated accordingly, whether it means imprisonment or treatment in a mental institute. These decisions are not based on merely biblical principles, but on natural care and concern for other instilled in us as humans.
In the end, in order to be a morally “good person”, one is not required to be a theist because a sense of morality is present in all humans, not just Christians.
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October 27, 2017 at 5:50 pm #1300
I disagree with this essay because it equates good with morality and then describes morality as what seems good; thus we end up with no more than what we started: what seems good is good. Moreover, I can confidently say there are many things that are NOT good (and can be reasoned so without christian presuppositions) that general society would affirm as good.
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