Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Counterpoints: Alvin Plantinga and Michael Ruse on Morality

Michael Ruse: The position of the modern evolutionist . . . is that humans have an awareness of morality . . . because such an awareness is of biological worth. Morality is a biological adaptation no less than are hands and feet and teeth . . . . Considered as a rationally justifiable set of claims about an objective something, ethics is illusory. I appreciate that when somebody says ‘Love they neighbor as thyself,’ they think they are referring above and beyond themselves . . . . Nevertheless, . . . such reference is truly without foundation. Morality is just an aid to survival and reproduction, . . . and any deeper meaning is illusory . . . . [1]

Alvin Plantinga: 
“It is extremely difficult to be a normal human being and not think that some actions are wrong and some are right.” [2]

Courage and Godspeed,


1. Michael Ruse, “Evolutionary Theory and Christian Ethics,” in The Darwinian Paradigm (London: Routledge, 1989), pp. 262, 268-9.
Alvin Plantinga, Great Thinkers on Great Questions.

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