Sunday, April 15, 2007

Atheistic Moral Realism

Atheistic moral realism is untenable, as Dr. William Lane Craig shows in Philosophical Foundations For a Christian Worldview. He argues in the following way. Moral values must be mere abstractions in the paradigm of atheistic moral realism, but this is not an adequate foundation in reality. There's no real ground for duties, unlike in theism, and so there would be no moral obligations. It is not plausible that creatures would just evolve in a Dawkins-type "blind watchmaker" process and correspond to an abstract moral realm. Now for a moral system to be tenable, it must have accountability. However, atheistic moral realism has no true moral accountability. It reduces to nihilism because with no afterlife (in which we have one of two everlasting fates with either our will immutably fixed on good or immutably fixed on evil) it does not matter how we act on earth. Self-interest can't be the grounds for accountability because self-interest often contradicts morality.

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