Michael Shermer is Confused

I’m watching a live debate between Frank Turek (a Christian) and Michael Shermer (an atheist). Before the debate, Shermer was peddling (he retweeted it) the photo in this blog post.  

 

The problem is that Shermer thinks this is a good argument against God. Thinking Christians will actually agree with the statement in the photo! Indeed, no one needs religion to be moral or to determine right from wrong. I don’t know of a single person who would argue such a silly position. 

A person can be far away from God and be a good, moral person. 

The difference is that they have no way to ground a standard of morality without stealing it from God. 

An atheist has no way to justify the fact that lying or stealing is actually wrong. On an atheistic worldview, these things are based on social constructs and mere opinions. What if opinions change? 

I’m surprised someone like Shermer would be so shallow in his thinking to not realize this kind of silliness. I have written in more depth on this subject on this website if you want to read more on it. 

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One thought on “Michael Shermer is Confused”

  1. To some extent Christianity is a victim of its own success. The basics of Christian moral values have so permeated Western societies that they seem basic common sense. What is overlooked or simply not known is that the values which Christianity supplanted also seemed like common sense in that epoch but these values are at considerable variance with Christian ones. Atheists and others assume that altruism and empathy are the default human attitudes which societies free from religion will always espouse. This is not so, to make such attitudes widespread requires a conscious effort spread over generations. And such an effort needs to be inspired by a belief system explicitly founded upon those qualities.

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