Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe

Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe

by Erik J. Wielenberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521607841

ISBN-13: 9780521607841

Pub. Date: 02/07/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Suppose there is no God. This supposition implies that human life is meaningless, that there are no moral obligations and hence people can do whatever they want, and that the notions of virtue and vice, right and wrong, and good and evil have no place in the universe. Erik J. Wielenberg believes this view to be utterly erroneous and, in this thought-provoking book, he…  See more details below

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Suppose there is no God. This supposition implies that human life is meaningless, that there are no moral obligations and hence people can do whatever they want, and that the notions of virtue and vice, right and wrong, and good and evil have no place in the universe. Erik J. Wielenberg believes this view to be utterly erroneous and, in this thought-provoking book, he explains the reasons why. He argues that, even if God does not exist, human life can still have meaning, humans do have moral obligations, and human virtue is still possible. Wielenberg offers readers a cognent explanation of the ethical implications of naturalism--a view that denies the existence of the supernatural in human life. In his view virtue exists in a godless universe but it is significantly different from virtue in a Christian universe, and he develops naturalistic accounts of humility, charity, and hope. The overarching theme of Virtue and Value in a Godless Universe is what ethics might look like without God. Erik Wielenberg takes readers on an extraordinary tour of some of the central landmarks of this under-explored territory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521607841
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/07/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
792,817
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

1God and the meaning of life14
2God and morality38
3The divine guarantee of perfect justice68
4Ethical character in a godless universe98
5Creeds to live by143

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