God’s Not Dead, Chapter 3 – Summary (pt40)
The moral law is written on every human heart. Good and evil are very real and only truly understood in light of the existence of a transcendent authority. This is because there are moral principles that are universally true, regardless of culture or context.
I am not completely sure of my position on morality being objective or subjective. The author is obviously in the objective camp and claims they come from a god. It may very well surprise you to find out that there are atheists who believe in an objective morality (see Sam Harris), but, I think, most atheists are subjective morality based.
Yes, the world is filled with evil and suffering, but humans are the only creatures to realize this and the only creatures capable of an intrinsically evil or good act.
Perhaps, but animals have been shown to behave “good”. They have been shown to have some sort of basic emotions, including empathy. Claiming that animals don’t have morals and humans do is just like saying humans have art but animals don’t. Perhaps you don’t know what they call art. Perhaps we have evolved beyond our lowly origins and one trademark of that distinction is the adaptation of morality.
Naturalism offers no help in answering the question of why evil exist…
Darwin said, “We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities… still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.” This is very clearly an attempt at answering the question of why humans do bad things, but again I say, science doesn’t claim an answer for every question we may propose an answer but it is never the final word.
The author quotes part of the debate between William Lane Craig and Sam Harris. The two were debating whether god was the source of objective morality. Not whether morals were subjective or objective, not whether god existed or not. A very good debate if you get a chance to listen to it.
This same offer for a solid moral and ethical foundation is available to every person. That is why believing God exists is so vital to our existence. As we have looked to the moral law within to see the evidence for this Creator, let’s now turn our gaze to the starry skies above as Kant suggested.
The problem with the author in this book is that he isn’t set on what he is attempting to prove, the god of the Bible or a deistic god. The problem with his arguments is that they can constantly be changed ever so slightly to be used just as effectively for the god of Islam, Hindu, Judaism, or even a made up god like the Flying Spaghetti Monster.