Is "God" a Good Thing? Part 1: Classic Arguments for Belief/Non-Belief
Episode 27 of the Morality of Everyday Things is now live (and part 1 of our God miniseries)
Is “God” a Good Thing? Part 1: Classic Arguments for Belief/Non-Belief
In this episode, we begin a series (of 3 episodes) exploring the intersection of 'God' and morality. You'll note the use of quotation marks, this is because we explore the moral implications of theism and organized religion in a way that is not limited to faith-based belief. This means both looking purely at the incentives around belief rather than basing belief on faith, but also weighing up the pros and cons of organized religion and their impact on society. Did it help to instil moral norms and unity, or more act as a basis for persecution, subjugation and undue docility.
We begin by assessing some of the classic arguments for either believing or not believing in god, drawing inspiration all the way from the Ancient Greece to Dostoevsky. Next we'll consider whether religion (irrespective of god's existence) has been a net good for humanity, and finally what the moral basis for god's morality could be (an appeal to authority, the definition of what is moral or something else entirely).
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