Universal Morality Reconsidered: The Concept of God (BOK)

Joseph Bankard

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Like many contemporary issues, moral discourse finds itself in the middle of a great divide. On one side of the chasm sits much of contemporary Western philosophy, moral psychology and the social sciences, which often view morality as a purely natural phenomenon. That is, human morality can be fully explained by appealing to naturalistic processes such as kin selection, reciprocal altruism, cultural evolution, and various models of social contract theory. In this context, God's existence is superfluous for morality. On the other side of the chasm sits popular Christian notions of ultimate morality, which believe it to emanate from the nature of God. Because of this, no Godless explanation of morality will be adequate. It is the opinion of this author that the divisive climate surrounding contemporary moral discourse would be aided by a constructive project designed to both engage the current moral research being done in the sciences, while taking seriously certain theological arguments linking ultimate morality to the existence of God. The current manuscript represents such a project. More specifically, this project focuses on universal forms of morality. The book's thesis is that universal morality is most successful when grounded in God. Unlike most other books of this kind which often dismantle or ignore the research being done in moral psychology and the social sciences, this author is able to successfully integrate the newest empirical research into a theological framework. And while the author is informed by a Christian worldview, the overarching argument could be made from a variety of religious perspectives. For instance, grounding morality in God resonates across the Christian spectrum from conservative to liberal, as well as with most Jewish and Muslim populations.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Joseph Bankard
ISBN 9781443846004
Antall sider 270 Dimensjoner 15,4cm x 21,3cm x 2,7cm
Vekt 516 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Nature & existence of God