Welcome to Dorset Humanists

Dorset Humanists is a welcoming group for humanists, atheists and agnostics who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. We meet in Bournemouth for informative and enjoyable presentations, debates and discussions on a wide range of subjects including ethics, science, religion, philosophy, politics, our environment and much more. We also organise regular social events.

Greg Epstein, Being Good without God. 19th October, London

Thanks to Jane Bannister, Vice-Chair Dorset Humanists for advising me about this talk.
Update: 5th October: see Reviews of Greg Epstein's book 'Being Good without God', compiled at HASSNERS 

1 comment:

The Whyman said...

"Good without God" is a common slogan -as opposed to a legitimate argument- that tends to 'miss the forest for the trees' or else misses one crucial point which renders it as self-defeating.

"The purpose of the argument is not to argue that one must believe in God to be moral, but rather that God must exist in order to anchor moral values. Objective morals are distinguished from absolute morals. "Absolute" means a moral value always holds regardless of the situation, such as that lying is always wrong even in situations where we might think it is right. "Objective" means that moral values hold regardless of what anyone thinks, so for instance the Holocaust was wrong even if everyone were brainwashed into thinking it right.

1. If God does not exist, then objective moral values do not exist

2. Objective moral values and duties do exist

3. Therefore, God exists"

Read the details of each point including counter-arguments to common objections here: http://rocketphilosophy.blogspot.co.nz/2011/07/moral-argument.html

See also: http://creation.com/can-we-be-good-without-god