Please Comment: Absolutes
February 24, 2011 20 Comments
Mini-bio, to better frame my question:
I am a conservative (some would say hard-right, others would say RINO, but I use Larry Elder’s term, “republitarian” for self-identification) atheist ex-Christian with a deep and abiding respect and affection for otherwise philosophically like-minded Christians and Jews.
(Yes, many atheists are as evangelical in their non-belief as those they denigrate for their faith. I am not one of those, far from it–the attitude makes no sense to me, morally or logically.)
I understand the faith-based underpinnings of the republican gift we have been given.
Having said that, Dennis Prager and Mark Levin and many others have made, and made again, the argument that (I paraphrase): The absence of faith creates a vacuum in which morality cannot exist.
This is a question, a rare one, about which I have no opinion, let alone conviction, so much as intimations based on…what I’ve learned, read and observed.
Why is a belief in God a necessary prerequisite for having a rational moral sense? Or is it?
Please discuss. Please comment. (Scripture is fine but I’ll delete evangelical manifestos. And faith-bashing, as well. Those things are not why I am asking the question.)
Thank you in advance for your feedback!