51. "Moral Law" fails

One of the last ditch fall back positions of theists is "How do you explain moral law". How did we get a conscience?

Thiests believe that the mere existence of altruism offers compelling evidence of a personal God.




My response:

How badly must human beings behave to put this sense of moral law in doubt?


List atrocities here:


Wife Battering



Lower order animals exhibit Moral law:

What if mice showed greater distress at the suffering of familiar mice than unfamiliar ones? (They do.)


What if monkeys will starve themselves to prevent their cage-mates from receiving painful shocks? (They will.)


What if chimps have a demonstrable sense of fairness when receiving food rewards? (They have.)




America is the most religious country of those studied in the developed world. America alA so has the biggest problems in terms of things like homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy, and abortion.


A moments thought reveals, however, that if we were to accept this "God is the source of Moral Law" argument, almost everything about us would be bathed in the warm glow of religious mystery. Forget morality-how did nature select for the ability to write sonnets, solder circuit boards or swing a golf club? Clearly, such abilities could never be the product of evolution.


Might they have been placed in us by God? Smoking cigarettes isn?t a healthy habit and is unlikely to offer an adaptive advantage-and there were no cigarettes in the Paleolithic-but this habit is very widespread and compelling. Is God, by any chance, a tobacco farmer?