Many theists consider the argument from morality a very effective argument against atheism. I don’t. I believe it is perfectly possible for atheists to develop a sound moral framework (it wouldn’t be an argument even if it wasn’t). I have some idea of how I would do it if I were an atheist.
But I have yet to hear any atheist give me a good explanation of naturalistic morality so I am curious in any atheist has one. Now I am not referring to you just telling me that you live by the golden rule and that is your morality. I would like to know how you derive that morality from your worldview.
As an explanation of what I mean by this, let me give an example of how to derive a bad version of morality.
1) There is no God.
2) The universe began by naturalistic means.
3) We got here trough natural selection/ evolution
4) In order for our species to survive we should take control of our own evolution and be mindful of our gene pool:
- We should make sure that intelligent people reproduce more then stupid ones
- We should not allow genetic diseases to get passed on so we should prevent reproduction in certain cases
- We should prevent interbreeding in some cases etc.
Even though the above reasoning leads to some shady “moral” principles, at least I could sit someone down and explain to them why I think by accepting my worldview as a starting point and following my logic one would arrive at the same conclusions about morality.
I would like to hear an atheist explain how they derive their moral principles from their worldview and if they feel that their logic would lead others to the same moral principles.Share