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Tom Clark at the Center for Naturalism has written an open letter to the atheist community entitled, “Denying Big God and the Little God: The Next Step for Atheists?“
Jeffery Jay Lowder is President Emeritus of Internet Infidels, Inc., which he co-founded in 1995. He is also co-editor of the book, The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave.
I believe that the referenced essay may have misstated the implications that an absence of free will has on whether we should condemn or praise others.
I thought it would be a good topic for my own blog, so I covered it today in the post Morality and Free Will
Alonzo FyfeThe Atheist Ethicist
Because of the doctrine of free will, we as individuals and as a society are unable to be sufficiently thoughtful about the causes of human behavior. Does anyone doubt that if we were able to be see what goes on around us as the result of distal causes, that we would treat each other as badly as we do? This doesn’t mean we’ll start approving of destructive acts or ignoring beneficial ones, it just means we’ll be less likely to behave as if these acts come out of some black box which contains the magical ability to choose without cause. Without that belief we’ll start taking prevention and improvement seriously, because we’ll be able to look into the conditions required for them.
Correction to previous post:
I meant to say “Does anyone doubt that, if we were able to see what goes on around us as the result of distal causes, we would treat each other better than we do?”
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