Is Goodness without God Good Enough?: A Debate on Faith, Secularism, and Ethicsby Robert K. Garcia
Pub. Date: 01/16/2009
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Morality and religion: intimately wed, violently opposed, or something else? Discussion of this issue appears in pop culture, the academy, and the mediaoften 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
Morality and religion: intimately wed, violently opposed, or something else? Discussion of this issue appears in pop culture, the academy, and the mediaoften 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 forand even a threat toethical 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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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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