Convince Me There’s A God: Morality

by Mark McGee

As an atheist I cared little for “morality.” In fact, how others saw morality was often something I had to overcome to get what I wanted in life. So, when Christians who talked with me about the existence of God brought up the “law of morality,” it wasn’t something I was interested in discussing – at first.

I later learned that the moral argument for the existence of God is based on generally accepted points of morality within societies. It is based on the premise of moral normativity – the awareness of civilized human beings that some actions are right while others are wrong. Here are three ways I’ve heard to state the Moral Argument:

  1. Some aspect of Morality is observed
  2. Belief in God provides a better explanation of this feature than various alternatives
  3. Therefore, to the extent that (1) is accepted, belief in God is preferable to these alternatives
  1. If God does not exist, objective moral values do not exist
  2. Objective moral values do exist
  3. Therefore, God exists
  1. Every law has a law giver
  2. There is a Moral Law
  3. Therefore, there is a Moral Law Giver
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Why do people have moral conflicts if morality does not exist? If people have moral conflicts, then morality exists. Without morality, there is no moral conflict. People do have moral conflicts, so morality exists. The word “morality” comes from the Latin moralitas (“manner, character, proper behavior”) and is concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character.

Moral codes have existed for thousands of years – Adamic Code … Noahic Code … Egyptian Code of Ma’at … Babylonian Code of Hammurabi … Hebrew Law of Moses … Greek Moral Code … Chinese Code of Confucius … Roman Code of Morality … Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. The long history of moral codes demonstrates that people and societies are aware and sufficiently concerned about morality to define and codify it for the good of the social majority. These and other codes of morality have governed the populations of numerous civilizations as far back as evidence of the written word to explain them…

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