God and Cosmos: Moral Truth and Human Meaning by David Baggett

God and Cosmos: Moral Truth and Human Meaning

byDavid Baggett, Jerry L. Walls

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Naturalistic ethics is the reigning paradigm among contemporary ethicists; in God and Cosmos, David Baggett and Jerry L. Walls argue that this approach is seriously flawed. This book canvasses a broad array of secular and naturalistic ethical theories in an effort to test their adequacy inaccounting for moral duties, intrinsic human value, moral knowledge, prospects for radical moral transformation, and the rationality of morality. In each case, the authors argue, although various secular accounts provide real insights and indeed share common ground with theistic ethics, theresources of classical theism and orthodox Christianity provide the better explanation of the moral realities under consideration. Among such realities is the fundamental insight behind the problem of evil, namely, that the world is not as it should be. Baggett and Walls argue that God and theworld, taken together, exhibit superior explanatory scope and power for morality classically construed, without the need to water down the categories of morality, the import of human value, the prescriptive strength of moral obligations, or the deliverances of the logic, language, and phenomenologyof moral experience. This book thus provides a cogent moral argument for God's existence, one that is abductive, teleological, and cumulative.

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David Baggett is a professor of philosophy and apologetics in the graduate school of the School of Divinity at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has written or edited about ten books, in such areas as philosophy and popular culture, apologetics, and ethics. He is the executive editor of MoralApologetics.com. Jerry L. Walls...
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Title:God and Cosmos: Moral Truth and Human MeaningFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 1.42 inPublished:March 15, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"This is the book I had hoped they would write after Good God. Their previous book was mostly constructing their own theory, but God and Cosmos engages in significant detail with much of the best recent work in non-theist ethical theory. It is characteristically punchy in style, but at theend movingly eloquent in defense of a theist foundation for the authority of morality. The section on moral knowledge is especially fine, and takes the subject forward in an interesting way." --John E. Hare, Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology, Yale Divinity School