A great debate on whether atheists can make any sense of morality without God grounding objective moral standards. This one should be very good for atheists to listen to.
This is part two of last week’s discussion about the RichardDawkins.net atheist who converted. Listen to that part first if you want.
I feel a bit bad about this because it is clear that one factor that works to convert people to Christianity is that Christians can exhibit self-sacrificial love to others and atheists are basically at the mercy of their own selfishness. They just cannot behave morally when it goes against their self-interest, and that is SAD. Anyway, I felt badly because I began to worry about whether I have been as loving as possible while explaining Christianity to others.
Here is my entire series of posts explaining why self-sacrificial morality is not rational, if atheism is true.
On a related topic, I think Christians can also distinguish themselves from atheists and other religions in the way that men and women relate romantically. In Christianity, there is the tradition of chivalry, courtship and romantic love. The Christian Bible requires that husbands love their wives to the point of dying for them. This is lacking Islamic cultures, and not required in Hindu cultures.
But this lack of romantic love is also a problem in the feminist West, where women eschew chastity, marriage and children. Instead, women here have empowered the state to act as a replacement for husbands/fathers. The more that the state does for women, the less a really good man can distinguish himself and make himself useful. Men don’t like to share responsibilities with the state.
My most popular posts on that issue are here:
- The rules for friendship and courtship between Christian men and women
- What Christian men want from Christian women… in paintings!
- What should wives do when they are not in the mood for sex?
- Why Christian men should be chaste
- Should Christians marry non-Christians?
- Purposeful parenting today
- Marriage tips part 1
- Marriage tips part 2
Something to think about.