36 Argument For The Absence Of God Analysis

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In the book, 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, Goldstein offers an intellectually captivating story of a professor of psychology, Cass Seltzer. He is an atheist and believes that there is no immorality and that death is the end. There are no consequences in the afterlife because there is no afterlife and therefore, everyone ends up the same. Death is final and there is no relationship between your morality and the end of your fate after death. Thus, he believes there is no reason why should you live a moral life rather than for one's self. Fidley asks Seltzer one last question, “what motivation for adopting the moral point of view can you possibly offer without a belief in God and immorality?” which leads us to this quote, “When religion tells us that there is nothing more we can say about morality than that we can’t see the reasons for it, but do it if you know what’s good for you, then I do condemn it. We can do better than that. We can become moral grown-ups. And if there were a God, surely he would approve”. This quote means that you do not need…show more content…
And for morality to require God in such a way, there must be a direct link between the two. I believe that morality is defined by God, therefore immoral actions are wrong solely because God forbids them. Similarly, the “rightness” of moral actions is only because God has commanded them. In today's world things are defined as “right” or “wrong” or “moral” and “immoral.” This is because God, is the one that has allowed us to even understand what morality is. I believe that God is the creator and sustainer of all things, and that we would not even be self aware, let alone aware of right and wrong, if God had not created within us his image, and therefore the ability to make moral distinctions. Without God, I believe that this world cannot explain what morality
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