If atheism is true, in other words, if God does not exist, then what reason is there to be a moral person? Why do what’s morally right? If God doesn’t exist, then if you live your life good or bad, it doesn’t matter. Everyone ends up in the same place. Being a terrible person doesn’t have the same kind of negative consequences as on Christianity. This is the topic of today’s podcast.
I’ve invited Dr. Anne Jeffrey, an expert on Moral Motivation and Theism, to help us think through these questions more philosophically.
Dr. Anne Jeffrey
Dr. Jeffrey has teaching experience in ethics, applied ethics, political and social philosophy, philosophy of law, and ancient philosophy. Her main research focuses on moral reasons and virtues. She wrote a dissertation defending a mind-dependent account of moral reasons, and she is currently writing about moral virtues that aid us in the process of moral development, such as hope and faith. Dr. Jeffrey is also interested in issues relating political authority with religious tolerance.
Once again, what reason is there to do what’s morally right if God does not exist? I’ve even heard Christians say that if they found out Christianity was false, then they’d consider doing really immoral things. It’s not like they’d go to Hell after they died, so why not sin all the time? Or at the very least sin as much as possible.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a topic that receives a whole lot of attention in the apologetics world. Christians just kind of assume that this is a legitimate way to reason. And it’s a stance that I took not too long ago.
That’s why I’ve invited an expert on moral motivation and Theism, namely, Dr. Anne Jeffrey, to help us think through this question philosophically. Are negative consequences a good reason to act morally? Shouldn’t we do what’s right simply because it’s right, not because of the good or bad consequences we might receive? This may shock you, but the difficulty level for this podcast is advanced. That’s how deep we look at this question. So settle in and get ready to look at this issue at a depth you probably didn’t know existed.
People involved in creating this episode:
- Cameron Bertuzzi – Host
- Sawyer Hudson – Producer and Sound Editor
- Dr. Anne Jeffrey – Guest
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