The Moral Argument
Is there a right and wrong to our universe? Will justice prevail in the end? What values should guide my life and relationships? When we call someone a “good person” or a “bad person” what does that even mean? Do animals have rights? What about forests and oceans? What are our responsibilities to one another and to the world?
The search for moral value is one of the most important human journeys. Every day we find ourselves required to act upon what we believe to be right and wrong, whether we feel ready for the challenge – or not.
These questions are deepened by reflection upon the moral argument for the existence of God. If there is an exhaustively loving God, who always does what is good and right, then His very existence sets the moral standard for our lives. By contrast, if we are adrift in an world of indifference and chance, fleeting froth in a naturalistic universe, then morality amounts to no more than personal preference, social convention, or genetic impulse. These are stark alternatives.
The following resources will strengthen your understanding of the moral argument for the existence of God.
- Breaking down the Moral Argument by Glenn Peoples
- An Overview of the Moral Argument for God’s Existence by Paul Copan
- God, Naturalism, and the Foundations of Morality (PDF download) by Paul Copan
- Four lectures on the moral argument by William Lane Craig
- Moral Objections to Christianity by David Horner
- Did Morals Evolve? by Greg Koukl
- Can Moral Objectivism do without God? by Peter Williams
In addition, some of the blog posts on this site have discussed the moral argument in relation to atheism:
- The Basic Problem with Atheism and Morality
- Moral Accountability
- Atheism and Amoralism
- Evil and Despair
- Atheism and selfishness
We offer other great resources on the best reasons for the existence of God:
- Can We Know Truth? Is There Truth?
- Did Jesus Exist?
- Moral Relativism: Is There Right? What Is Right?
- The Argument From Reason
- The Bible: Is It True? Historical? Reasonable?
- The Cosmological Argument
- The Problem of Evil
- The Resurrection of Jesus: Evidence, reasons and resources
- The Teleological Argument
- The Unique Life and Teachings of Jesus
- Why Apologetics?