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Steve Jobs on Abortion and Adoption

| July 21, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  I’ve been reading the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson and came across one of the saddest cases of moral confusion I’ve seen in a long time. Jobs is in his mid-twenties and is sleeping with a girl named Chrisann Brennan. They aren’t married, of course, because Jobs wasn’t interested. As long as […]

Did the Israelites Steal from the Egyptians?

| June 23, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Some Bible critics claim that God commands the Israelites to steal (plunder) from the Egyptians in verse 22 in Exodus 3. How could God command theft? The context around verse 22, however, makes it clear that the Israelites were to ask the Egyptians for valuable items that they could take with […]

Why Don’t We Trust Atheists?

| May 7, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Atheists often complain that they experience prejudice directed at them by theists. Theists, they claim, accuse atheists of being immoral because atheists have no transcendent standard of morality. There is a level of distrust, at least for some theists, that exists. So why do some theists worry about the ethics of […]

Does the Euthyphro Dilemma Apply to Evolutionary Ethics?

| January 8, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  One of the most popular, but misguided, challenges that atheists fling at theists is Plato’s Euthyphro Dilemma. I have written about why this is no dilemma at all for theists in other blog posts, so I won’t cover that ground again now. Philosopher Matt Flannagan, though, has introduced a new wrinkle […]

#6 Post of 2013 – Can We Know Moral Values Without Knowing God?

| December 18, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Clearly the answer must be “yes.”  In fact, the apostle Paul teaches this very truth in the book of Romans. There are some moral truths that can be known without a person ever acknowledging God’s existence. In fact, the world would be a complete disaster if everyone had to agree on […]

#8 Post of 2013 – Do Moral Disagreements Mean There Are No Moral Facts?

| December 13, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Moral realists believe that there are real, objective, moral facts. For example, a moral realist would say that it is a moral fact that raping for fun is wrong. Moral anti-realists disagree and would say that there are no moral facts. Statements such as “raping for fun is wrong” are not […]

How Does Christian Metaphysics Ground the Good? Part 3

| September 9, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In parts 1 and 2, we spelled out how classical Christian metaphysics is able to identify the good for human beings, and thus provide a sturdy foundation for Christian moral realism. Moral values and duties really exist and they transcend time and place. In a previous series of blog posts, we […]

How Does Christian Metaphysics Ground the Good? Part 2

| September 5, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In part 1 we left off with the question, “What is man’s ultimate purpose?” We cannot identify the good for man without knowing what his ultimate purpose is. Many answers have been offered throughout the millennia to this question. The most common answers are the following: wealth, honor, fame, power, pleasure, health, […]

How Does Christian Metaphysics Ground the Good? Part 1

| September 2, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt  In a 5-part series of posts, we looked at several metaphysical principles which all inevitably lead to the existence of God. Given these principles, and the existence of God, how do we go about constructing a Christian ethical theory? Or, more to the point, how does metaphysics help us identify the […]

How Does Sam Harris’s Metaphysical View Undermine His Moral Landscape? Part 3

| August 14, 2013

Post Author: Bill Pratt In part 3 we continue our analysis of Sam Harris’s “moral landscape” in view of his metaphysical naturalism, a worldview which denies the existence of anything that is timeless or transcendent in any sense. We note that even after identifying moral values with well-being, Harris concedes that his moral landscape may […]

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