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The Oldest Argument 
30th-Aug-2010 12:03 pm
Seems to be that with atheists in which the statement is made, "But if you don't have God, what do you use as the basis of morality?" Most believers instantly recognize the force of the argument, since we have all had moments when our hearts attempt to overrule the moral precepts that God sets down, and have had to wrestle a bit, as a result.

Now, however, I present a new thing -- well, new to me. An Atheist who accepts the argument, and decides that he can no longer accept the idea of good & evil. I had thought of this as an argument for God, not an argument against morality. Read the article, and notice the slightly tortured effort to explain his new position.

What do you think?
31st-Aug-2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
What do you think?

At a glance, I would posit that the only opinion more tenuous than the author's interpretation of theism is his interpretation of atheism. That's quite a neat trick!
31st-Aug-2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
On a related note, the fact that the writer is an Emeritus Professor gives me hope: it is prima facie evidence that it really ain't that hard to get tenure.
1st-Sep-2010 12:26 am (UTC)
1st-Sep-2010 12:58 am (UTC)
Everyone I know is happy to contribute to the book "Clueless professors I have known" -- but I'd forgotten it!
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