Archive for the ‘Morality’ Category
I listened to this podcast the other day and thought it was a great discussion. Listen to episode 96 on their player. It is a discussion between an atheist (Emory) and fundamentalist Christian (Tony) and a more moderate Christian (Scott). They are going through William Lane Craig’s book On Guard and are on the chapters dealing with the moral argument for the existence of god. I thought it was a very good discussion and there were good points brought up by all sides. I usually agree far more with Emery and I think he made some great points today when dealing with morality. What i really like about these three guys is that they are all intelligent people and they get a long really well and there is no cheap shots or talking over each other. Makes for a profitable discussion to listen to.
Here is the direct link to listen to the show or you can go to the link to the site above.
This is a very interesting podcast which discusses the various neurological influences on a person’s moral opinions. Certainly makes you think. You can download or stream the podcast at this link or you can also read the whole transcript if you prefer.
It seems that the more we learn about the human brain and human psychology, the more difficult and complicated the areas of human free will, ethics, religion and philosophy become. It is strange to think about how influenced we are by factors that we had no idea were influencing us.
Doug Wilson is a Christian pastor, author, professor and theologian and he co-wrote a paper a few years back defending the ownership of slaves by Christians in the south prior to abolitionism. It is a published pamphlet and it entitled, Southern Slavery As It Was. A Monograph by Steve Wilkins & Douglas Wilson. You can read this pamphlet here in it’s entirety(it is only 22 pages). I recommend that all Christians read this paper. Although you may not agree with his point of view, he is trying to be consistent with what the Bible teaches on the subject of slavery and is not shy about saying so. It will challenge you to think about the issue and to grapple with what the Bible says about it.
When I was an evangelical Christian, I used to listen to and read much of what Doug Wilson has written. He is a very well educated and classically trained man with a great sense of humor and a sharp whit. He has more recently done a documentary with Christopher Hitchens entitled Collision which you can read about here. Wilson and Hitch traveled around the united states doing debates and discussing their differences and much of it is very interesting to watch.
When pondering the subject of morality, the subject of God’s actions and the questionable morality of those actions often comes up. When I refer to God’s actions, I would be referring to any religion which seems to make a claim to actually knowing what God’s actions are. In my case, Christianity is the closest to home and so that is where my questions are directed.
We are told by Christians that we derive our morality from God himself. We are told that without God there would be no morality and that God gives us moral directives which come from his nature. So a certain thing is not moral just because God says it, but rather it is moral because that is part of who God is and he can do no wrong.
I love debates. I hate debates. Long live debates!
I love debates because I love the intelligent discussion of ideas. I love finely crafted arguments and skillful rhetoric. I love to watch someone with a quick wit and a storehouse of knowledge in their head articulate their position well in the face of equally talented opposition.