Monday, March 17, 2008

The Innate Moral Code

How can we explain an innate moral code that is consistently present in all societies? How do we explain a sense of morality that gives virtually every sane person on the planet an innate sense of right and wrong? Believers explain it easily: God planted the standards of morality in the human conscience and stands as the ultimate absolute behind it. This explanation shows us why the moral code is universal and also gives it the weight of authority.

Unbelievers deny that morality must derive from God. But without God as the source, any rational explanation for morality collapses. Without God as the source and basis of morality, we cannot find an explanation for it that is consistent with reality. However, a number of alternative theories have been advanced.

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