What Is The Moral Argument?
by Chad Williams
The Moral Argument
The Moral Argument (TMA) is a tremendously effective tool on the street. The reason TMA has so much force is because it reaches people on a more personal level. The bottom line is that the conclusions one draws from this argument will translate over to how they live their everyday life. In short, this one gets personal!
TMA comes in a handful of different variations and I have selected the most prominent arrangement for our discussion. It comes in the form of a logical syllogism, and therefore the conclusion will follow inescapably according to the rules of logic so long as one affirms premises (1) and (2) as true premises.
The Moral Argument Stated:
1) If God does not exist, objective moral values do not exist.
2) Objective moral values do exist.
3) Therefore, God exists.
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Before expanding on this, I think it would be crucial to distinguish between what it means for something to be “objectively” or “subjectively” true.
By “objective” we mean: Something is to be true independent of human opinion.
By “subjective” we mean: Something is to be true dependent on human opinion.
Objective vs. Subjective Illustrated:
If I have a 5 Dollar Bill in my wallet, it will be objectively true that I have a 5 Dollar Bill in my wallet. To make it absolutely clear, it is objectively true that I have a 5 Dollar Bill in my wallet and this truth is wholly independent of what any human might feel or think about that.
With regards to the appearance of my wallet, it is subjectively true that it is a fashionable wallet. It is dependent upon my opinion and the opinion of others whether my wallet really has that voguish elegance…
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