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Atheism, Morality, and Meaning (Prometheus Lecture Series)

by Michael Martin

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  • 25 Currently reading

Published by Prometheus Books .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Agnosticism & atheism,
  • Ethics & Moral Philosophy,
  • Religious ethics,
  • Atheism,
  • Ethics (Specific Aspects),
  • Philosophy,
  • Christianity - General,
  • Christian ethics

  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages330
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL8740139M
    ISBN 101573929875
    ISBN 109781573929875

    The Book of Ecclesiastes – Absurdity Pointing to Meaning. This ancient and fascinating document both intrigues and disturbs its readers. It is so denigrated by some Christians, that they have wondered why it is in the Bible at all. However, if you have read the French Existentialists, you will . You can use our reading lists to find the best atheist books ever written on a variety of subjects. These include interviews with philosopher Mary Warnock on the status of morality without religious belief. Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne makes a case for the incompatibility of religion and science. And, arguing that meaning is constructed by us rather than merely detected, Andrew Copson.

      As he explains in his lucid and thoughtful book THE MEANING OF BELIEF: Religion From an Atheist’s Point of View (Harvard University, $), he is more troubled by some of his fellow atheists Author: James Ryerson. Secular morality is the aspect of philosophy that deals with morality outside of religious traditions. Modern examples include humanism, freethinking, and most versions of onal philosophies with ancient roots include those such as skepticism and virtue ethics. Greg M. Epstein also states that, "much of ancient Far Eastern thought is deeply concerned with human goodness.

    Baggini argues that atheism is a superior basis for ethics, claiming that a moral basis external to religious imperatives is necessary to evaluate the morality of the imperatives themselves—to be able to discern, for example, that "thou shalt steal" is immoral even if one's religion instructs it—and that atheists, therefore, have the.   Atheists (and even liberal Christians) have no basis for morality. Nothing—and I mean nothing!—stands between a godless person and debauchery or lechery or even violence. Population Author: Valerie Tarico.


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Atheism, Morality, and Meaning (Prometheus Lecture Series) by Michael Martin Download PDF EPUB FB2

Martin's sustained case for showing how life can have meaning without god, and how objective morality is possible without god, is must reading for both atheists and believers--especially the believers, since they often suffer from the mistaken stereotype that belief in god is a necessary condition for both ethics and meaning in by: This is the pure philosophy take on morality, from an atheist perspective.

Martin has four goals: develop foundations for (objective) morality and for the meaning of life in an atheistic fashion, and show and Meaning book deep problems religion has in both spheres/5.

Distinguished philosopher and committed atheist Michael Martin sets out to refute this notion in this thorough defense of atheism as a both moral and meaningful philosophy of life. Martin shows not only that objective morality and a meaningful life are possible without belief in God but that the predominantly Christian world view of American society is seriously flawed as the basis of morality and s: 6.

Book Overview. Despite the pluralism of contemporary American culture, the Judaeo-Christian legacy still has a great deal of influence on the popular imagination.

Thus it is not surprising that in this context atheism has a slightly scandalous ring, and unbelief is often associated with lack of morality and a meaningless by: Atheism, Morality, and Meaning.

Average rating: 4 out philosopher and committed atheist Michael Martin sets out to refute this notion in this thorough defense of atheism as a both moral and meaningful philosophy of life. Although this book raises (and will raise) many eyebrows, A,M,M is a great book to read for Christians, Atheists and 4/5(2).

Summary: Defending atheism, Martin (philosophy, Boston University, emeritus) casts supernatural disbelief as the foundation for a system of value, meaning, and morality.

He argues that the belief in God is superfluous, and perhaps even a hindrance, to leading a moral and purposeful life. Atheism, Morality, and Meaning. Michael Martin. Despite the pluralism of contemporary American culture, the Judaeo-Christian legacy still has a great deal of influence on the popular imagination.

Thus it is not surprising that in this context atheism has a slightly scandalous ring, and unbelief is often associated with lack of morality and a meaningless existence.

Distinguished philosopher and committed atheist Michael Martin sets out to refute this notion in this thorough defense of atheism as a both moral and meaningful philosophy of life. Martin shows not only that objective morality and a meaningful life are possible without belief in God but that the predominantly Christian world view of American.

Atheism, Morality, and Meaning is a welcome counterexample to this trend, not only because Michael Martin challenges moral arguments for theism head-on, but because he does so as a moral realist.

Unfortunately, his book is not comprehensive; there are some fairly significant gaps in his discussion of moral realism and of objections to atheistic morality. Utilizing new material and old, Michael Martin (professor emeritus at Boston University) has written a stimulating four-part book, Atheism, Morality, and Meaning.1Martin covers a good deal of territory to make his case for an objective ethic rooted in naturalism and to undercut the theistic/religious basis for objective Size: 59KB.

The Basis for an Atheist's Morality J You said that in an atheist’s world, the desire for meaning and purpose are “a cruel joke of nature.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Morality: I’ve also been told that without God there can be no morals, or that, as an atheist, I must have no morals.

And I again disagree. I believe in love, hope, honor, loyalty, honesty, trust, respect, etc. Those things don’t come from God. They come from within and from human interaction. Ethics Without Gods This essay was written by Frank Zindler, former President and current Board Member of American Atheists.

One of the first questions Atheists are asked by true believers and doubters alike is, “If you don’t believe in God, there’s nothing to prevent you from committing crimes, is. Buy Atheism, Morality and Meaning (Prometheus Lecture Series) by Martin, Michael (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store.

Free UK delivery on eligible orders/5(2). Links to atheist related books, shirts and movies and other atheism related products are affiliate links. All proceeds will go to keeping the Atheist Republic website up and running; providing resources, advocacy, community tools and encouragement to atheists all over the world.

The idea that atheists have no reason to be moral without a god or religion may be the most popular and repeated myth about atheism out there.

It comes up in a variety of forms, but all of them are based on the assumption that the only valid source of morality is a theistic religion, preferably the religion of the speaker which is usually Christianity. Atheism and the Basis of Morality Stephen Maitzen Abstract: People in many parts of the world link morality with God and see good ethical values as an important benefit of theistic belief.

A recent survey showed that Americans, for example, distrust atheists more than any other group listed in the survey, this distrust stemming mainly. Besides, that would mean there was a moral standard outside of yourself to which you must answer, and that would imply a Moral-Law Giver.

Anyway, some atheists maintain that the best moral system is that which brings the greatest happiness, the least amount of suffering, and the greatest freedom for as many people as possible. Atheists and theists frequently debate morality on several levels: what is the origin of morality, what are proper moral behaviors, how should morality be taught, what is the nature of morality, terms ethics and morality are often used interchangeably and can mean the same in casual conversation, but on a more technical level morality refers to moral standards or conduct.

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to dialogue with a few atheists about the meaning of life, morality, and so on. The person who brought the conversation together began the discussion by saying atheism doesn’t imply nihilism and that she was becoming rather impatient with those who imply such a thing, wagging her finger at theists, saying her life without God has been very.

But such atheists’ repudiation of morality stems more from an antecedent cynicism about ethics than from any philosophical view about the divine. According to these nihilistic atheists, “morality” is just part of a fairy tale we tell each other in order to keep our innate, bestial selfishness (mostly) under control.

If they mean the former, then it really is a stupid question, because there is abundant and easily available evidence that shows that atheists are moral without believing in God.

I think your title should be changed to “Atheists who believe in objective moral facts are hypocrites about morality.”.So, the atheist doesn't seem to have a leg to stand on when it comes to making moral assertions and actually defending them as being the right ones.

Since he doesn't have any moral standing by which to make objective moral claims, then all he can say is that he doesn't like the God of Christianity.