“Some of the opponents of Darwinian moral naturalism insist that morality requires a transcendent source in religious belief. But in this debate over slavery, we see that such religious belief–at least as coming from Biblical revelation–does not provide us reliable moral guidance. Cobb was able to show that the Bible–both the Old Testament and the … Link: “Slavery, Southern Conservatism, and Darwinian Natural Right” by Larry Arnhart
(Reposting since this seems to be so popular. So far as I am aware, neither WLC nor anyone else has responded to this.)Abstract: This paper considers William Lane Craig’s metaethical argument for God’s existence. Roughly, the argument is that the existence of objective moral values provides strong evidence for God’s existence. I consider one by one … Naturalism, Theism, and Moral Ontology: A Reply to William Lane Craig
I want to a link to another terrific blog post by philosopher Larry Arnhart. One worry–perhaps the worry–about basing morality on the biology of human nature is that it makes morality species-specific. Darwin himself voiced this concern in The Descent of Man: “In the same manner as various animals have some sense of beauty, though they admire widely different … Do the Bee Police Enforce God’s Law? Or Are They Darwinian Nihilists? by Larry Arnhart
Larry Arnhart always writes terrific blog posts; this one from 2013 is no exception. (If you’re a regular reader of the Secular Outpost but not of his blog, then you should start reading his blog.) In this post, he takes issue with (among others) Michael Ruse’s claim that evolutionary naturalism undermines the foundations of morality. … Does Darwinism Make Morality Fictional?
Part 1: Introduction Part 2: Near Death Experiences Part 3: Kantian Dualism Part 4: Neuroscience, Consciousness, and Free Will Part 5: Does Morality Require the Cosmic Justice of Heaven and Hell?