Morality Without God?

Paperback | November 3, 2011

byWalter Sinnott-armstrong

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Some argue that atheism must be false, since without God, no values are possible, and thus "everything is permitted." Walter Sinnott-Armstrong argues that God is not only not essential to morality, but that our moral behavior should be utterly independent of religion. He attacks several coreideas: that atheists are inherently immoral people; that any society will sink into chaos if it is becomes too secular; that without morality, we have no reason to be moral; that absolute moral standards require the existence of God; and that without religion, we simply couldn't know what is wrongand what is right.Sinnott-Armstrong brings to bear convincing examples and data, as well as a lucid, elegant, and easy to understand writing style. This book should fit well with the debates raging over issues like evolution and intelligent design, atheism, and religion and public life as an example of a pithy,tightly-constructed argument on an issue of great social importance.

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Some argue that atheism must be false, since without God, no values are possible, and thus "everything is permitted." Walter Sinnott-Armstrong argues that God is not only not essential to morality, but that our moral behavior should be utterly independent of religion. He attacks several coreideas: that atheists are inherently immoral p...

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:November 3, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199841357

ISBN - 13:9780199841356

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Table of Contents

1. 1. An Atheist's Progress2. Atheists aren't all that bad3. Social Corruption4. Why be Moral?5. Can there be Objective Morality Without God?6. Against Divine Commands7. How to Know What is Morally Wrong8. Where Do We Go From Here?

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"Morality Without God? is an engaging, pithy book arguing against the necessity of God and religion for a robust morality. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong has distinguished himself as a leading philosopher in his work on metaethics and moral psychology, as well as books on moral and epistemologicalskepticism, and in Morality Without God? he commendably succeeds in writing a philosophically respectable introduction to the problems facing religious morality suitable for virtually any audience." --Philosophia Christi