Saying “I can be good without God” is like saying “I can be married without a spouse.” If God does not exist, then there is no ontological grounding for goodness. While atheists can surely behave in ways that humans have traditionally called “good,” their acts are without moral significance because morals as such cannot exist in an atheistic world. They are just socio-cultural preferences. Only the existence of God can ground objective goodness, and thus one can only be good if God exists.
- Since you would be good even if God didn’t exist, then God is not necessary for morality
- Would you be good if God didn’t exist?
- The Typical Atheist’s Response to the Moral Argument for God’s Existence
- Morality and the Epistemology-Ontology Distinction
- Why Atheists Can’t Have Objective Morality
- Can Morality be Grounded Outside of God?