On Moral Absolutes

Goldstein’s 16th argument – that morality exists outside of our existence, hence God exists – has a flaw that I don’t believe is covered under the listed flaws. One thought mentioned is that we read the Bible metaphorically, which is a nice way of saying that the stories were based on a world that no longer exists. Morality is one of the most emotional arguments for the existence of God. People believe morality is absolute, but it seems to me that morality is mostly in the eye of the beholder. Much like race, morality is only apparent from the center of each principle, and not at the edges. Moral imperatives are surrounded by moats of moral quicksand where one person’s self-righteous indignation is another’s stiff-necked intractability, and the harder the choice, the more divided we become on which moral imperative is most applicable.

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