Posted By Jennie Chancey on August 30, 2011
Michael Cook has written an excellent post over at Mercatornet, responding to what results when we reject a Transcendent Creator/Lawgiver:
“The religious fundamentalists are correct: without God, there is no morality. But they are incorrect, I still believe, about there being a God. Hence, I believe, there is no morality.”
This startling syllogism comes from Joel Marks, a retired professor at the University of New Haven and a scholar at the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University. Last week he wrote a column in the New York Times blog for philosophers, The Stone. At the Times, they like edgy topics like does truth matter, is religion relevant, and can we have morals without God? In Professor Marks – someone who answers No to all three — they found the edgiest theory of all – that there is no difference between right and wrong.
Does anyone at the Times appreciate how dangerous this theory is?
Running a death camp, discriminating against homosexuals, and raising battery hens are not right, says Professor Marks. But they are not wrong, either. Moral viewpoints are fundamentally just preferences, expressions of how we would like the world to be. It is impossible to argue that killing chickens (a favourite ethical conundrum for Professor Marks) is either immoral or moral. He simply doesn’t like it.
Amoralism takes the decline of moral thinking a step further than moral relativism. A moral relativist asserts that his moral preferences can be justified by some standard, however weak. For the amoralist (Professor Marks’s word, not mine), there is no standard at all.
Read the entire piece HERE. We’ve noted for years that, when we reject an Absolute Lawgiver and embrace man and his “reason” as the be-all and end-all of existence, Professor Marks’s position is the end result. With no unchanging standard, we have only the shifting sands of personal opinion upon which to build laws and society. That can only lead to tyranny and oppression, as the majority realizes its power to impose its self-defined “morals” by sheer force of numbers. Who is left to protect the God-given rights of the minority when this happens? Sobering.