I am a mathematician. But as many of you know, the topic of God’s existence is also of great interest to me. This is in large part due to my desire to understand the ultimate nature of reality. Some might reckon that pursuing the question of theism is a waste of time. It has been debated for millennia with seemingly little progress. While perhaps true, I tend to be a bit more optimistic. Even if the question is ultimately undecidable, some very interesting ideas and philosophy have come out of the discussion, which have shaped many areas of our thought.
There are many different types of arguments for the existence of God, and even if they ultimately fail, there is no denying that evaluating them has led to great progress in various philosophical topics. The notion of morality happens to be one of these. In fact, the moral argument is one of five or so major types of arguments for God’s existence. I personally find the topic of morality to be one of the most difficult to analyze and nail down. Because of this, I find the moral argument to be the weakest of all theistic arguments. Others, like my friend Tyler Dalton McNabb, assess it as among the stronger arguments.
So, this is what I would like to do: Tyler and I have agreed to have a friendly discussion on the moral argument. He has presented the basic arguments on his blog. I will give an initial assessment of these arguments on my blog and he will then address my criticisms back on his blog. It should prove to be a fruitful exchange, so follow along and enjoy. Comments are also welcome.