29 March 2007
Dear students & other blog readers:
Thank you for your comments on the previous post about ethics. Now I have a few questions to focus our conversation a bit more. Several of you talked about how most people—Christians, members of other religions, athiests—all have some kind of morality, and that the morals of most ordinary people are remarkably similar. Now I would like to ask you: Where does this come from, this general sense that there is good and bad and what they are?
Darlin, Where do you think moral ideas originated?
Amber<3, where do you think logic and reason come from in the first place? How do you know they are valid?
QT Patutee (nice sobriquet): What about people who don’t acknowledge God? How are they supposed to follow Him? How can they even know what He requires, if they don’t know Him or believe He exists?
Andrew (R): Where does the government get its ideas of right and wrong that it then translates into laws?
Andrew (M): Good for you, bringing in Reformed Theology. Please explain the doctrine of Common Grace for those who might not be familiar with it.
Now, for all of you who had these similar comments, here’s
THE BIG QUESTION:
Where does God get His ideas of morality? Are they arbitrary? If God decided that murder and lying were good, would they be? Could He decide that? Why has He set down the laws He has? Does He have appeal to some higher standard (the way the gods in Plato have appeal to The Form of the Good)?
RawkChick: Would you explain how Neo’s choice was a moral one? I see how it was difficult and took courage, so in that case perhaps it required strength of character, but how would it have been evil for him to take the easy way out and forget the whole episode?
Anonymous: I was confused by your comments. They seemed a bit contradictory. Can you clarify?
Rosie & QT & Sem & everyone: how can it be that sometimes it’s OK to sin in order to prevent some worse evil? Think about Rahab, who lied to save lives and usher in a theocracy. How can you decide when to compromise your convictions for a “greater” cause?
Thank you! Epistemology posting coming soon.
By the way, here is a totally cool site on the philiosophy of The Matrix. Enjoy!