October 1, 2014
If there is no God, there is no morality either. Only a transcendent, personal being like God can serve as the ontological foundation for transcendent moral truths and moral duties. Cultural norms and mores may still exist without God, but not moral truths. Without God to provide the ontological grounding for objective moral values, what we refer to as “morality” is nothing more than expressions of our subjective preferences or human pragmatism. To say “murder is wrong” is no different than saying “chocolate ice-cream is gross” or “you shouldn’t drive on the left side of the road.” Moral obligations fall by the wayside, for in the name of what ought anybody submit to cultural preferences or pragmatic mores?
To believe morals exist but God does not is like believing books exist but authors do not. There wouldn’t be any books in the absence of authors, and there wouldn’t be any moral truths in the absence of a transcendent, personal, holy God to ground those moral truths in reality. Put another way, to believe moral truths exist in the absence of a transcendent source like God is like believing books exist in the absence of authors. And to believe that we are obligated to behave in certain ways in the absence of a moral law maker and judge is tantamount to thinking one is obligated to obey the laws in a nation without legislators.
September 28, 2014
Posted by jasondulle under Odds & Ends
It’s been just over two months since my last post. No, I’m not dead. No, I haven’t given up blogging. I’ve just been working crazy hours at my job. Sleep has been a luxury (to give you an idea of how crazy it’s been, last week I slept five hours between Sunday morning and Thursday night), so blogging has been out of the question. I apologize for not at least posting something a couple months ago notifying everyone that blogging would be next to non-existent for a while. When I have a few minutes I write down some thoughts for a blog post, but then it takes me 10 days to get back to it, and I only have five minutes to write. So I will be posting something in a few days. It’s only a few paragraphs, but it took me more than a month to write!
For those of you who have not already subscribed to my email feed, I would encourage you to do so (click “email notifications” on the top right). Hopefully by December things will be back to normal, and I’ll resume blogging on a regular basis. Until then, I’ll try to post when I can. Thank you for your faithful readership!
July 23, 2014
Former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. Paul McHugh, recently penned a poignant opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal titled “Transgender Surgery Isn’t the Solution.” John Hopkins was the first medical center to perform sex-reassignment surgery in the 1960s, but based on evidence that such surgeries did not help transgendered people, they ceased performing the surgeries. In light of the recent push to normalize transgenderism, Dr. McHugh has sounded the medical alarm to warn us that in our efforts to help these people we may be having the opposite effect.
July 2, 2014
Kentucky’s marriage law has been found unconstitutional by a KY juduge, though there is a stay on his decision.
June 26, 2014
Christian Ethics by Norman Geisler was written in 1989. I’ve known many people who have read this book over the years, but never bothered to do so myself until I saw it on sale for a deep discount! I found it to be a great introduction to ethical systems and pressing moral issues.
Geisler starts by looking at various ethical systems such as antinomianism, situationism, utilitarianism, generalism, and variations of absolutism (these are the names he gives these views, which are not exactly my preferences). He concludes that the Bible teaches a deontological view of ethics. When it comes to the question of whether moral duties ever conflict and how we are to respond, he argues for the “greater good” view in which moral conflicts are real, and we do the greater good when we choose to lesser of the two evils.
June 24, 2014
One of the expectations of marriage is sexual fidelity (monogamy). In “Were Christians Right about Gay Marriage All Along?” gay rights advocate, Jay Michaelson, acknowledges that gay relationships (particularly males) are typically not monogamous. So what effect will including gays in the institution of marriage have? Will homosexuals change the concept of marriage so that monogamy is no longer considered essential, or will marriage domesticate homosexuals, leading them in the direction of monogamy? A 2013 survey of same-sex married couples in San Francisco revealed that half of same-sex marriages involve extra-marital partners, and Michaelson thinks the actual number is closer to 75%. So it doesn’t appear that marriage is domesticating homosexuals, and Michaelson thinks the openness to extra-marital sex among same-sex married couples will eventually lead to a reformation of marriage among heterosexuals. Only time will tell, but I find it interesting that Michaelson is willing to admit that kind of marriage practiced by many same-sex couples is not the same kind of relationship envisioned by most heterosexual couples.
HT: Stand to Reason
June 23, 2014
Materialists will tell you they don’t believe anything other than the material world exists, but seem oblivious to the fact that propositions – such as the proposition that only the material world exists – are not material. That means materialism is falsified the moment you think about it. Pun intended.