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Moral Apologia

David Baggett and Jerry L. Walls

in Good God

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199751808
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894840 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199751808.003.0002
Moral Apologia

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This chapter lays out a variety of distinguishable but related moral arguments for God's existence, making the case that moral duties, freedoms, and regrets are considerably more at home in and better explained by a theistic world than an atheistic one. The moral argument has the advantage of contending for a perfectly, necessarily, and recognizably good God, and a robust theistic worldview can contribute to a solution to Sidgwick's dualism of the practical reason. A theistic ethic also captures the insights of but avoids the problems with aspects of Platonism and existentialism.

Keywords: dualism of the practical reason; Platonism; existentialism; egoism; moral obligations; free will; naturalism; moral responsibility; regret

Chapter.  10440 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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