Morality Is Missing The Point…

Frans de Waal goes on a rant about morality in his blog on the  And it is a deserved one.  If morality is the only defense the church can come up with for God, then we deserve to hear more rants like this.

I mean are there not plenty of moral atheists?  How can that be explained?

Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.

Romans 2:14-15 NIV

Humans are made to have a sense of morality, whether or not they choose to believe in God, or any deity.  Arguing whether that sense of morality is a result of years of evolution or creative design is like arguing about eye color, or personality traits.  There is never really ground gained on either side.

A point I would like to make though is this: just because someone does not believe in God does not mean they do not have a god that they believe in.  Science can be a god.  If someone is choosing to believe that man can figure out everything, maybe their god isn’t science, maybe its man’s intelligence.  But in the end, everyone has a god, whether they want to admit it or not, it is obvious in what they are willing to call truth.

I think it is bad that the church fights so much for morality, making it almost a god in and of itself.  Other gods in our society are sex, money, music, and the list goes on.

I think that once we are willing to admit what our gods are, morality won’t be the issue anymore, but the issue will be what is truth and where can that be found, which is a much better conversation.


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