Can We Be Good Without God?: A Conversation About Truth, Morality, Culture & a Few Other Things That Matter

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Physician-assisted suicide. Racism. Genetic engineering. Abortion. Poverty. Capital punishment.

Our culture is beset by a host of vexing ethical questions. Are there any foundational moral principles to guide us? If so, where do they come from?

Christians say that we can--and should--be guided by principles derived from a right understanding of God. But skeptics and those with differing religious convictions argue that ethics and morality need ...

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Overview

Physician-assisted suicide. Racism. Genetic engineering. Abortion. Poverty. Capital punishment.

Our culture is beset by a host of vexing ethical questions. Are there any foundational moral principles to guide us? If so, where do they come from?

Christians say that we can--and should--be guided by principles derived from a right understanding of God. But skeptics and those with differing religious convictions argue that ethics and morality need not have anything to do with the God of the Old and New Testaments. Are they correct? Can right and wrong exist without God? Can we, in fact, be good or bad without God?

In Paul Chamberlain's intriguing, inventive book, these questions are explored by a cast of five: Ted (a Christian) joins Graham (an atheist), Francine (a moral relativist), William (an evolutionist) and Ian (a secular humanist). Together they have been summoned to the home of a mystery host. And together, to the benefit of their host and the reader, they undertake a fascinating examination of truth, conduct, culture--and a few other things that matter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830816866
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 1/17/1996
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 1,239,729
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Chamberlain (Ph.D., Marquette University) is director of the Institute of Christian Apologetics and professor of apologetics, ethics and philosophy of religion at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. He has also served on the staff of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He is the author of Can We Be Good Without God? and Final Wishes.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
IntroductionPart One: Do Real Right & Wrong Exist?
1. What's at Stake? The Meaning of Morality
2. What If Morality Were Subjective? The Consequences of Subjective Morality
3. Subjective Morality Found Wanting: The Case Against Subjective Morality
4. Why Morality Must Be Objective: The Case for an Objective Moral Standard
5. Hey, I Object! Obstacles to Believing in Objective Morality
6. But Don't Different Cultures Have Different Moral Practices? A Major Obstacle to Objective MoralityPart Two: Foundations of Objective Moral Standards
7. Morals Without God: An Atheist Foundation.
8. Can We Be the Basis of Morals? A Humanist Foundation, Part I
9. Can Our Needs Be the Basis of Morals? A Humanist Foundation, Part II.
10. Morals--the Key to Survival: An Evolutionary Foundation
11. Introducing God: A Christian Theist Foundation.
12. Objecting to God: Obstacles to Believing in the God Hypothesis
Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    This is a biased and illogical book. It is fungus for the brain.

    This could possibly be the worst book I have ever read. It is poorly written, biased in its perspective, and does not contain a hint of logic in its conclusions. Its proofs can be easily refuted by any person with a basic philisophic understanding. Please read something that can actually contribute to the growth of your mind. I highly recommend Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, Man For Himself by Erich Fromm and Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. There are a countless number of valuable books in this world to read, unfortunately this is not one of them.

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