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Featured Morality: Do you agree

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by Nimos, Jan 24, 2023.

  1. Nimos

    Nimos Well-Known Member

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    I don't think it is a human concept, given that animals show signs of morality as well.
     
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  2. Eli G

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    Of course: humans are not animals, not matter what evolutionist try to imply with their philosophy of the survival of the fittest.
    Everyone has an idea of what a correctly oriented population and an uncivilized community are.
     
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    Twilight Hue Twilight, not bright nor dark, good nor bad.

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    Yes but morality is subjective and not actually universal from one being to another. There are varying standards from person to person and is gauged by each individual with variations as to what is moral or not.

    I think its still a concept because it can be reflected upon. I'm not sure if animals other than humans have that capability to gage and reflect on one's actions.
     
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    Bad analogy. We have objective measures that show that the earth is not flat. But what is objectively wrong in being naked in public?
     
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    No. I believe all humans were created with a degree of morality. Can that be influenced by a culture, religion, etc? Sure. But the base is already part of who we are.
    If morality depended exclusively on religion, religious people would never do bad things.
     
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  6. Nimos

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    But if God is real and is the moral judge, which is obviously the assumption. Such a being would give a foundation for objective morality. But if no such judge exists, what would the foundation for objective morality be?
     
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    That's why the Bible says:

    Rom. 2:14 For when people of the nations, who do not have law, do by nature the things of the law, these people, although not having law, are a law to themselves. 15 They are the very ones who demonstrate the matter of the law to be written in their hearts, while their conscience is bearing witness with them, and by their own thoughts they are being accused or even excused. 16 This will take place in the day when God through Christ Jesus judges the secret things of mankind, according to the good news I declare.

    Those of us who study the Scriptures know that it not only teaches us about religious matters, but also about secular and civil matters in a practical and realistic way.
     
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  8. Heyo

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    And assuming there is only one (disputed, even by believers), that we know it's moral preferences and that they are the same for all believers (highly disputed).
     
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    But what I mean based on what you wrote.

    You wouldn't be able to tell the difference between an atheist making a moral call compared to that of a believer. Meaning that whether God imposed morality on us or not, it would be impossible to tell the difference. Meaning if God's existence were based on morality, he must as well not exist.
     
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    So if objective morality doesn't exist, your moral opinion as a person is valid or to be taken seriously when calling another person immoral? That is his claim, that without objective morality, your moral judgement is simply your opinion and therefore in sense invalid.
     
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    I agree.

    However: to what extent is an atheist committed to his own moral principles?

    If it affected his interests, would still be faithful to those principles? And what if his life is in danger? Or if one of his children decides to violate those principles, would he still hold them against his child, or would he give them up to protect him?
     
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    The distinction between a moral objectivist and a moral relativist isn't about how we phrase our moral judgments. It is about what we recognize as granting truth value to moral claims.
     
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    My question is: What is the distinction between a regular human being decreeing what is the objective morality and God doing the same?

    I see no distinction. It is just an arbitrary set of rules created by someone.
     
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    It's a horrible analogy to try to argue that objective ethics exists.

    But it's a GREAT analogy to demonstrate that just because people disagree that doesn't mean the matter only boils down to opinion. I wasn't being so ambitious with the analogy. The statement I was arguing against was "but people disagree so there can't be an objective truth." The analogy works fine as a counterpoint to that. But admittedly, it doesn't do a whole lot more.

    Nothing wrong with being naked in public. Not that I can see, anyway. We'd have to add an element in, such as a flasher or something who walks around harassing people with his own nudity. But in that case, what's wrong with that is the harassment of others, NOT the public nudity.
     
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    What does the word 'invalid' mean on this context?
     
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    Very precise. And, yes. You are correct there.

    But if a certain thing grants truth to our moral claims, then that will sometimes affect how we phrase things. If a moral relativist wants to be as accurate as you were in the above post, then they would not imply that there is anything essentially wrong with wife beating. They would cite cultural or personal preference.
     
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    And irreligious people would do good things only by accident.
    Some ideas of morality are innate to us (and some other animals) but we need to think about those feelings to make them into a moral compass. We also have feelings that are anti social and they can lead us to immoral actions. And that is where human (and other sapient animals) morality comes in. It keeps us from acting immoral.
    The best rational argument for a less subjective morality is: "what if everyone did that?". I.e. our ability to anticipate reactions to our actions. I wouldn't call it objective but it comes close:
    "Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law." - Immanuel Kant
     
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    Excellent point.
     
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    LuisDantas Aura of atheification
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    No, I do not agree with any single part of that. It is really impressive how utterly unconvincing that discourse is to me. I can barely believe that there are people who actually say such things and somehow mean it.

    What he is proposing is theocentric deontology - the idea that morality is essentially learning to follow god-given rules of some kind. A central tenet of Islam, unfortunately.

    I have no words strong enough to express how destructive and obscene that idea is to my eyes. It is a grave and direct betrayal of both concepts: morality and deity.

    Obedience is just obedience. And obedience to a deity saddled by the constraints of Abrahamic expectations, perhaps most of all of the Islamic variety, is a very poor substitute indeed for morality.

    Why? Because morality is the emergent property of the reunion of discernment with empathy. Obedience is passive while morality is very active and in fact very ambitious. Only people who fail to understand the basics of morality would ever confuse it with some form of obedience or rules-following.

    Add to that how contradictory and dysfunctional Muslim conceptions of deity are, and how difficult it is to establish a clear meaning to subjective or objective morality, and there aren't even shreds of that claim left to be challenged.

    Morality can be objetive and IMO should be, but that has nothing whatsoever to do with rule-following nor deities. Morality is objective in as much as it demands clarity of concepts, actions and omissions; but it can also be called subjective in the sense that it can only exist when it refers to specific subjects that are affected by those actions and omissions.
     
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    Humans can adopt customs that apparently do not harm them, but the fact that communities get used to certain activities which seem "normal" to them does not make them correct.

    Jehovah's Witnesses know that our God does not condone adultery, divorce, or multiple marriages (Matt. 19:3-6). In some countries, for example, multiple marriages are legally permitted, but a Jehovah's Witness in those countries can only have one wife. The conscience of someone who does not serve Jehovah would be clear no matter what, since marrying more than one wife in those countries is not illegal, but that of a Jehovah's Witness would not be.

    God's servants obey biblical principles not precisely because they are necessary for this system of things, or because they are consider legal or illegal in the secular sense, but because in addition to coming from a higher and more righteous source of wisdom, it is what is required of those who will live on earth forever.
     
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