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If we live in a godless universe, is there no basis for morality?

Asked by: ladiesman
  • Yes, Social Morality

    There are standards of morality that are established within societies. They may differ somewhat from culture to culture but there are general principles that are constants, such as the value of human life, respect for others and rights to privacy. Social morality changes over time dependant on the evolution of a culture. In the US and Europe, at one time women were considered property. Females could not act independently on their own behalf. Slavery is another example.

  • I only half agree yes

    I'm not going to say God does or doesn't exist but religion isn't the basis of morality, just like Atheism isn't the basis of intelligence, logic or reason.

    One can be moral and happy without God or religion, just like one can be scientific and logical and still believe in God, Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton are examples of this.

  • Morality is a social construct.

    Morality is only a concept made by human emotion. Logically there is no such thing as morality. There is no such thing as a true and final objective for humanity, or for any individual's actions. Only what that individual wants based on their emotions.

    Emotion doesn't have logic behind it. Just human nature.

  • If we live in a godless universe, then there is no absolute basis for morality.

    In order to understand morality first we need to contemplate on the concept of God. God is the Generator, Originator and Destroyer of everything that we survey. He provides an absolute moral standard and in his absence we have moral relativism where everything is accepted without the judgment of God. We have to accept God as the sole arbiter of good and evil. All the goodness flows from him into his creation and anything which goes against this innate goodness is evil. This innate goodness is inherent in all human beings and we really do not need rational argumentation to derive the moral standard. But if we accept that there is no God then on what basis we can arrive at an absolute moral standard? Definitely reason has its limitation and critical thinking is also limited to provide something which is absolute.

  • People behave ethically because they reason

    The question is not, "Can you be moral without believing in God?", the question is, "Can you be moral without God?". There are those who argue that if God does not exist, there is no basis for morality. Existentialist philosopher and writer Jean-Paul Sartre agreed that there are no universal moral principles because there is no God to conceive them. His lifelong companion Simone de Beauvoir asserted that without God, there is a greater need for ethics. Ethics is about good and bad, right and wrong, benefit and harm, etc. It's also about principle and character. Moral decisions require people to think critically.

  • Moral principles are not contingent on God.

    I don't see how "objective moral values" are contingent on God. Moral naturalism can perfectly explain all ethical phenomena. A platonic view of moral realism is not necessarily needed to formulate any explanation of objective morality. And there's also no justification for even a platonic view of morality entailing God. The basis for morality can be abstract or natural, sans God.

  • It depends on how you ask the question.

    The basis is not universal, but comes from society. The universe itself has no right and wrong, it is something we as humans decide for ourselves.
    A person can call himself or herself, sane as long as the society, the person lives in, agrees that the person is sane.
    That means that the basis of morality does not depend on god.

  • There are many subjective interpretations of morality.

    Even if we lived in a universe where gods existed, morality would be separate from them. Morality doesn't depend on the will of a god. Unless one is satisfied with Divine Command Theory, than this is true. If god were to decide what is "good" and what is "bad" than it would mean that good and bad depend on god. This means that prior to this gods decision, everything in existence held a neutral value and that this god's choices are arbitrary and pointless. If instead things posses goodness and badness independently of a god than it doesn't matter what the god has to say about the ethical value any given thing.

  • Morals are not Religion

    You see, while religion gives you your own set of morals, us who have no real god create our own morals. And they're just as good. There are just some thing you do, and some things you don't. The sooner people learn that we're not all idiots, the sooner you'll realize that morality is something that people learn through their experiences in life.

  • People don't become animals without set morals.

    Instead people would follow their own morals, and not an omnipotent being's set rules. Although different people might think different moral beliefs are strange, its better than people being dull creatures who follow one persons rules. Because always remember, variety and creativity is a special human quality that we should keep dear and express.

  • I only half agree yes

    I'm not going to say God does or doesn't exist but religion isn't the basis of morality, just like Atheism isn't the basis of intelligence, logic or reason.

    One can be moral and happy without God or religion, just like one can be scientific and logical and still believe in God, Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton are examples of this.


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ladiesman says2015-11-01T21:54:02.937
Imagine that God does not exist. Without God, there is no afterlife. If that was the case, without any eternal paradise or eternal damnation to encourage moral behavior or discourage immoral behavior, would you still be motivated to behave ethically?