Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Quote: Ravi Zacharias on Implications of Belief and Disbelief

"Nothing, absolutely nothing, has a more direct bearing on the moral choices made by individuals or the purposes pursued by society than belief or disbelief in God."1

- Ravi Zacharias

1 Ravi Zacharias, The Real Face of Atheism (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2004), p. 21.

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Jaden said...

I must say that, even as a theist, that is a bunch of bologna.

Ken Pulliam said...

Yes, and especially if that belief is in Allah and his desire to kill infidels.

Luther Conigliarro said...

Jaden...Read again what Dr. Zacharias wrote. "Nothing, absolutely nothing, has a more direct bearing"...etc. He is making the absolute statement and using philosophy to the highest order here. If you deny that premise your going to have to show how it's not an Absolute. But to do that you would be using absolutes in order to negate them. It's a contradiction

bossmanham said...

I think the statement is obviously true. You're belief or disbelief in a moral lawgiver who would hold you morally responsible for your actions seems to be the thing that would most influence your behavior. How could it not?

platzaps said...

I am an atheist and I see very few significant moral differences between atheists and theists. Most of those differences are in the realm of sexuality, and even there you have significant overlap.

Most people, no matter their beliefs about God, have some innate moral sense. Conscience, empathy, and social pressures direct what we think is moral.

I'm not arguing here that atheist morality is superior or even justified or anything, just that theists and atheists don't seem to be significantly different morally.

Anonymous said...

How can we declare any behavior as evil if there is no ultimate authority to whom we must give an account?

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