Love Your Atheist Neighbor Part 5: Discern the Rhetoric

Rick Mattson Apologetics, Atheism 0 Comments

When it comes to dialogue about the existence of God and other big questions of life, atheists have a built-in rhetorical advantage over Christians. They can draw at will from a well-stocked inventory of put-downs, insults and slander to cast believers in a negative light. No need to engage in substantive argumentation; smack will serve just fine. Obviously this disappointing …

Love Your Atheist Neighbor Part 4: Evolution as a Basis for Ethics?

Rick Mattson Apologetics, Atheism 7 Comments

Last week I asked whether feeling could be an adequate basis for ethics (moral obligation). My atheist professor friend thinks that evolution has given a high percentage of the population a feeling of empathy toward others, which leads to treating others with kindness and respect. Such treatment is commendable but evolution also seems to have produced feelings of hatred toward others, …

Love Your Atheist Neighbor Part 3: Ethics Based on Feeling

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Recently I asked an atheist philosophy professor at a respected university this question: In a strictly material world, what is your basis for ethics (moral obligation)? He replied, “A high percentage of human beings share a common feeling of empathy for their neighbor. This commonality forms a basis for treating others with kindness and respect.” “Ethics based on feeling,” I said. “Correct. I’m not even …