Tuesday, November 10, 2015

THE MORAL ARGUMENT: Resources for Study

If there is no God, then Evolution must be true. And if Evolution is true, then it can be easily demonstrated that virtually everything we call wrong is really right. It's a part of what created us and what ultimately will make us better and therefore should be encouraged. If evolution is true--if winning and keeping your genes in the pool is what life is really all about, then stealing, adultery, lying and even rape are good (not bad). And yet our conscience tells us otherwise.

We all recognize that certain things are just wrong--even evil. But where does that come from? If there is no God, how can there be an objective moral standard? And if we all have this moral standard within us, who put it there? If there is no God, we are all free to do what we want. But we all know that that is not the way that it is. There is an objective moral standard--a law in our heart. And if there is, there is a Lawgiver who put it there.


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Here is a brief list of some of the best resources available to help you explore that and understand it more fully.....Click on the title links to find the great resources listed below (and then check out my growing MASTER LIST OF APOLOGETIC RESOURCES)....

INTRODUCTORY

Videos
*Craig, William Lane. "Moral Argument" (2 1/2 minutes)
*Turek, Frank. "A Challenge to the Moral Argument." (8 minutes)
*Turek, Frank. "Can Evolution Explain Morality?" (5 minutes)


INTERMEDIATE
Videos
Audio
*Craig, William Lane. "07 Moral Argument" (Over 2 hours). Four lectures from Craig's "Introduction to Apologetics" course, comprised of 51 lectures. Scroll down the list there to "07 Moral Argument."
*"Arguments for God's Existence" by Peter Kreeft (78 minutes). Starting at the 18-minute mark, Kreeft gives an excellent 10-minute summary of the moral argument (which he terms "the argument from conscience"), based largely on C.S. Lewis' version of it.

Articles (& chapters of books)
*Lewis, C.S. Mere Christianity (pages 8-20). FREE! ebook. FREE! audiobook.
*Shenvi, Neil. "Do Objective Moral Values Exist?"
*Copan, Paul. Passionate Conviction (pages 79-92). Cheap used and full of other great articles besides the one on the moral argument.
*Geisler, Norm and Frank Turek. I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist, Chapter 7: "Mother Teresa vs. Hitler" (p.169-196).
*Last Seminary hosts 24 articles on the moral argument that can be download for FREE--with brief abstracts for each.

Books
*Budziszewski, J. What We Can't Not Know: A Guide.
*Lewis, C.S. The Abolition of Man. FREE! here. A Lewis classic.
*Baggett, David and Jerry L. Walls. Good God: The Theistic Foundations of Morality.

Still looking?....
Check out this brief article and bibliography from my friend Carson Weitnauer.....
OR...this excellent website devoted to exploring moral arguments.....
OR...this list of resources at Christian CADRE.


"My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?.....Of course I could have given up my idea of justice by saying that the world was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too--for the argument depended on saying that the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my fancies." 

- C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity, p. 41)



2 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting about some of my articles. I appreciate it and am grateful my work on the moral argument has been useful.

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  2. My pleasure! Thank you for your excellent service for the Church.

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