Many people (not atheists!) seem to think that belief in God is somehow required to have morality. They say that if people didn’t believe in God, then they would become immoral. I suppose because they think that they need to have a God overlooking them, ready to punish them if they don’t obey properly. But are there good secular reasons for behaving, without having anything at all to do with God?
On Wed. 9-17-14 Bernie Dehler (atheist) debated Ben Clifton (Christian) on the topic of morality. In this video excerpt, Bernie takes an audience member’s question about morality. The question has to do with secular moral philosophies. Hasn’t history shown secular morality to be a failure? Watch the video to see if the Christian makes a valid point or not, and if Bernie’s atheist response is adequate. Here’s the video excerpt: “Christian confronts atheist about failed secular morality” http://youtu.be/L5uUUfCqiko .
Morality is not just any old topic in psychology but close to our conception of the meaning of life. Moral goodness is what gives each of us the sense that we are worthy human beings.” ~Steven Pinker
Bernie Dehler will be debating many more Christians in the following months. These are all free events located in the Portland Oregon area. (This is an excellent opportunity for Christians to try out their apologetics and evangelism ideas; to see if they have merit.) Here is a upcoming summary of events, and all details can be found here: http://www.meetup.com/Philosophical-Naturalists/ .
Date: Tue. 10-14-14
Topic: Is There Any Evidence For The Existence of God?
Debaters: Bernie Dehler & Dennis Marcellino
Date: Sun. 10-26-14
Topic: It’s Halloween… Do Ghosts Really Exist?
Debaters: Bernie Dehler & Pastor Nathan Lewis
Date: Tue. 11-18-14
Topic: Is Faith in God Warranted?
Debaters: Bernie Dehler & Philosophy Prof. Phil Smith
Date: Tue. 12-9-14
Topic: Can a God Become a Human?
Debaters: Bernie Dehler & Seminary Prof. Gerry Breshears
Date: Tue. 1-13-15
Topic: Which Best Explains Man’s Origin, Creation or Evolution?
Debaters: Bernie Dehler & Bart Rask, M.D.
Bernie also a free booklet available on the internet: “Modern Science and Philosophy Destroys Christian Theology (Second Edition).” You can get it here: http://tinyurl.com/q6kz88k .
You can also watch some of Dehler’s previous debates on YouTube at this channel: