Does ‘God’ explain anything?

By | February 4, 2010

There’s a debate coming up in February at Saddleback College in Orange County, Southern California.  Two fellows will debate the question “Is God the Best Explanation for Moral Values.   I rarely go to these things, but this title caught my eye:
Is God The Best Explanation for Moral Values?‏ — The begs the question by assuming falsely that ‘God’ is an explanation of values.  ‘God’ is not the best explanation because ‘God’ is not any kind of explanation for anything. Values of all kinds, along with belief in God or gods, are all human based.  If any explanation is forthcoming, it would be a humanistic explanation.  We have certain moral values because of our long experience of living and our history of valuing this or that.  ‘God’ or  belief in God has nothing to do with it; except maybe a post facto rationalization.

Anyway, I don’t have much patience with this type of ‘debate.’   Maybe some of you can find some ‘value’ in it; and then argue that that value is not explained by God.

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