Episode 6 – Moral Relativism

17 Jun

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Episode 6 – moral relativism

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3 Responses to “Episode 6 – Moral Relativism”

  1. Jenna June 21, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    can you elaborate on “if God does not exist objective moral values to not exts” and what that would look like as far as how that plays out in life as :love, fear, happiness (basically any emotion), and how these seem to be meaningless?

    and you said on episode 5 you were going to get into topics and start with mormonism??

  2. stevewimmer June 21, 2010 at 11:05 am #

    um – i think emotions are not necessarily related to morality. (perhaps which emotion you feel in a given circumstance – i.e. happy when someone is suffering or angry when someone is happy).

    emotional content is subjective, so i think it doesn’t really relate to god’s existance by definition.

    moral content however, seems to be objective. torturing babies is wrong. telling the truth is right. etc. the problem for the atheist is that the objectivity of these moral values (what is right/wrong) has to be grounded in something outside of humanity. the only thing outside of humanity on which we can conceivably ground morality is a transcendent mind. therefore, if there is no transcendent mind (if there is no God) then there are no objective morals. there could still be subjective morals, or morals invented by people…they just wouldnt be objective. the problem (again) for the atheist is that our experience bears out very clearly that morality is objective.

  3. stevewimmer June 21, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    regarding my comments on episode 5, i’m a bad guy. during the 4 month hiatus i got distracted and decided to answer some email questions rather than start a series on other faiths. we’ll eventually get there i’m sure, in the meantime there are lots of other resources online! =)

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