Does Goodness Come From God? Part Two
by Kyle Hendricks
When the Christian says that the moral law comes from God, unbelievers sometimes think we’re saying they aren’t as good or can’t be good as us because they don’t believe in God, but this is a misunderstanding of what we mean. The unbeliever is confusing moral ontology with moral epistemology. Ontology deals with the existence of moral values and duties, epistemology deals with our knowledge of moral values and duties. We aren’t saying that unbelievers lack moral knowledge or don’t act in accordance with it (the Bible seems to show that they do in Romans 1 and 2), we’re just saying they don’t have any grounding for objective moral values and duties without God. If there is no God that grounds goodness and no commands from Him to give us our duties, how do atheists explain good and evil?
What about the Euthyphro dilemma (see last blog)? Is something good because God commands it, or does God command it because it’s good? Remember, these are supposedly the only two options available to us, and neither are desirable…
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