Denying the Truth Does Not Make it Any Less True
|February 19, 2010||Posted by Barry Arrington under Intelligent Design|
In a prior thread mikev6 asked: “If God is required to be moral, and I don’t believe in God, does that make me immoral?”
I responded: “mikev6. Just because you are an atheist you will not necessarily act in an immoral way. No one said you would. It is a fact, however, that you are unable to ground your morality on anything other than your whim at the moment.”
Ov responded to me: “Barry Arrington, in response to mikev6, said: “It is a fact, however, that you are unable to ground your morality on anything other than your whim at the moment.”
I agree that such morality having an absolute grounding is not the case, but calling what mikev6 holds necessarily infomrmed by “whims” is nonsense.”
To which I now respond:
Ov, you misunderstand me. I do not believe that mikev6’s morality is in fact based on “whims.” I was commenting on his self-understanding of the grounding of his morality, not what it is really based on. Call it whim or, as you prefer, “deep impressions” it all amounts to the same thing. Your and mikev6’s self-understanding of the grounding of your moral impulse is fixed firmly in nothingness.
But both your and mikev6’s self-understanding of the grounding of your morality is wrong.
Both you and mikev6 know the objective transcendent morality for the simple reason that it cannot not be known. God has placed it in your heart. You deny it, but denying a truth does not make it any less true.