CA50 “If there’s no god, why not rape and murder?”

We discuss the moral argument for god’s existence, religious fictionalism, anti-theism, 20th century atrocities, and being good without god.

The discussion of Craig’s moral argument isn’t a comprehensive treatment, but I had to get him in there if we were going to address the question posed in the title. Craig has stated that on naturalism, there’s no reason to not literally eat our young, so I thought he should be included.

“We get our morality from our parents, peers, mentors, teachers, books, and culture, and we listen to that still small voice within—our moral conscience. Morality is in our nature. We are moral beings, with real moral emotions that we can reason about.” – Michael Shermer

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William Lane Craig – objective morality [YouTube]

Hitchens on anti-theism [YouTube]

Hitchens on faith-based morality [YouTube]

Hitchens on innate morality [YouTube]

Penn Jillette on rape and murder [YouTube]

Tales of the Hasidim (source of Jewish story about atheists) [Wiki] 

Slavoj Žižek – “If there is a god, everything is permitted.” [YouTube]