Is Goodness without God Good Enough?: A Debate on Faith, Secularism, and Ethics

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Overview

Morality and religion: intimately wed, violently opposed, or something else? Discussion of this issue appears in pop culture, the academy, and the media—often generating radically opposed views. At one end of the spectrum are those who think that unless God exists, ethics is unfounded and the moral life is unmotivated. At the other end are those who think that religious belief is unnecessary for—and even a threat to—ethical knowledge and the moral life. This volume provides an accessible, charitable discussion that represents a range of views along this spectrum. The book begins with a lively debate between Paul Kurtz and William Lane Craig on the question, Is goodness without God good enough? Kurtz defends the affirmative position and Craig the negative. Following the debate are new essays by prominent scholars. These essays comment on the debate and advance the broader discussion of religion and morality. The book closes with final responses from Kurtz and Craig.

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Editorial Reviews

International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
I hope these brief sketches will whet the reader’s appetite...I am very glad to have read them. They are clear, engaging, and extremely provocative...Most of the real action consists in the back-and-forth between Craig and his numerous critics. This book will therefore be read with most profit by those who (like me)
follow Craig’s work and have wondered just how he would respond to various obvious lines of criticism.
Erik J. Wielenberg
Written in clear and accessible prose, this book is a must-read not just for philosophers interested in ethics or the philosophy of religion but for anyone interested in the important topic of God's relationship to morality. The book includes fascinating original arguments not to be found elsewhere; even those already familiar with the views and writing of Craig and Kurtz will discover new ideas from these two important thinkers.
June 2010 Religious Studies Review
A nice variety of well-reasoned moral arguments are here articulates. Recommended for anyone interested in issues of God and morality.
Charles Taliaferro
This is a brilliant, accessible debate and a collection of tightly reasoned essays on God and morality that should provoke stimulating, mature debate among students and scholars in philosophy of religion.
International Journal For Philosophy Of Religion
I hope these brief sketches will whet the reader’s appetite...I am very glad to have read them. They are clear, engaging, and extremely provocative...Most of the real action consists in the back-and-forth between Craig and his numerous critics. This book will therefore be read with most profit by those who (like me)
follow Craig’s work and have wondered just how he would respond to various obvious lines of criticism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742551718
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 822,316
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert K. Garcia and Nathan L. King are Ph.D. candidates in the philosophy department at the University of Notre Dame.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Part 3 Part I Chapter 4 Chapter 1: The Kurtz / Craig Debate: Is Goodness without God Good Enough? Part 5 Part II Chapter 6 Chapter 2: A Moral Argument for the Existence of God Chapter 7 Chapter 3: Atheism as Perfect Piety Chapter 8 Chapter 4: Is Moral Goodness without God Rationally Stable? Chapter 9 Chapter 5: Why Traditional Theism Cannot Provide an Adequate Foundation for Morality Chapter 10 Chapter 6: Theism, Atheism, and the Explanation of Moral Value Chapter 11 Chapter 7: Empty and Ultimately Meaningless Gestures? Chapter 12 Chapter 8: What Difference Does God Make to Morality? Part 13 Part III Chapter 14 Chapter 9: This Most Gruesome of Guests (A Response by William Lane Craig) Chapter 15 Chapter 10: Ethics without God: Theism versus Secular Humanism (A Response by Paul Kurtz) Chapter 16 Further Reading Chapter 17 About the Contributors

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