Fake Morality

Someone recently wrote: “So America, a while back you decided to base your morality on the subjective shifting sands of political correctness instead of on the objective bedrock of Judeo-Christian values. How’s that working out for you?”

Consider these recent developments:

• In November 2019 PragerU conducted an impromptu survey on the campus at UC Berkely, asking students how many genders there are. One young lady stated that there are “72 genders” and began trying to list them. Another student asserted that there are an “infinite number” of genders. Another said: “You can define yourself as whatever you want.” And yet another claimed that gender is just “made up.” 

The fellow conducting the survey asked a female student whether someone with male genitalia could be a woman. Without blinking she said “yes” — as if it was curious that such a question would even need to be asked.

• Also in November authorities in San Francisco announced that, from now on, no one was going to be prosecuted for urinating in public. They explained that such action is always the result of homelessness and poverty — and that victims of homelessness and poverty need the state’s (taxpayer-funded) support, not jail time.

• Mass shootings are on the rise all across the land. As of November 17, 2019, there had been 369 mass shootings in 2019 alone — already more than the number of days in the entire year.

• A Gallup poll revealed that in just over a decade there has been a marked increase in America’s acceptance of adultery, human cloning, suicide, homosexual relations, divorce, and polygamy.

Having rejected God’s Word (Decalogue, teachings of Jesus), we’re now off on a dangerous and impossible search for a viable substitute. But the options are limited. Human convention, social construct, political correctness, and universal acceptance, when posited as the basis for morality, are all doomed from the start. Why? Because they are human-based. What human or select group of humans are all other humans going to authorize to tell us (or maybe even order us!) what to believe and how to behave?

No one person and no group of persons, acting autonomously, on their own self-appointed authority, are in a position to decide what is moral or not moral for all other persons. Why? Because no humans, apart from Divine revelation, have any objective way of even knowing what is moral or not moral. Not even the most ardent self-assured secularists. And some of them, incredibly, seem to now be realizing that.

At AIIA’s Faith Matters event last month we reviewed the classic (2007) debate between famed atheist Richard Dawkins and Christian apologist John Lennox entitled The God Delusion. I was astounded when at one point I heard Dawkins say: “How do I know what’s moral? I don’t, on the whole . . . 

Amazing! He actually admitted that he doesn’t know what is moral. But then, as if suddenly realizing that it would never do to leave it at just that, and lest he be accused of laying the groundwork for rampant social breakdown, he began to desperately propose a basis for morality, including:

• “a kind of universal human acceptance that certain things are right and other things are not.” 

• “a broad consensus.” 

• “a kind of something in the air about what is regarded as moral.”

Something in the air? Really?! It’s my sense that any morality based on a foundation that is floating in the air will soon disappear into thin air. That would be nothing more than an imaginary morality. Fake morality. And it would fall upon its own crumbling foundation. Which is exactly what is happening. Twelve years after saying what he said, Dawkins now seems to be seeing just how baseless and nonviable any such construct really is.

On November 4, 2019, Jonathon Van Maren, posted a blog in which he explained that Dawkins, Bill Mahar, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and other notable secularists, are now evidently realizing how ugly things are becoming due to secularization and the ban on all things Christian. He wrote: “Many optimistic atheists recently believed that once God was dethroned and banished, we could finally live as adults and get on with the utopian project of creating a society based on faith in ourselves.” But that plan doesn’t seem to be turning out as well as projected.

Here are few particularly insightful quotes from his blog:

• “There is a very real possibility, [Douglas Murray] noted, that our modern concept of human rights, based as it is on a Judeo-Christian foundation, may very well outlive Christianity by only a few short years. Cut off from the source, our conception of human rights may shrivel and die very quickly, leaving us fumbling about in a thick and impenetrable darkness.”

• “Without the Christian underpinnings of our society, it will be up to us to decide what is right and wrong, and as our current culture wars clearly illustrate, our civilization will tear itself apart before it regains consensus.”

• “As recently as 2015, Richard Dawkins (author of The God Delusion) was arguing that children needed to be protected from the religious views of their parents, and made a series of alarming comments regarding the rights of parents to educate their children in the tenets of their religious faith. By 2018, however, Dawkins was warning that the ‘benign Christian religion’ might be replaced by something decidedly less benign, and that perhaps we should take a step back to discuss what might happen if the evangelical secularists are successful in destroying or banishing Christianity.”

• “Dawkins’ conversion to the belief that Christianity is good — and perhaps even necessary — for Western civilization to function in harmony is nothing short of mind boggling. Dawkins has been one of secularism’s most intolerant fundamentalists, a man who believed that parents should be denied the right to pass on their faith and that the government should actively side with the godless over the faithful. In a few short years, he is changing his tune. Human beings, he seems to have recognized, cannot be counted on to be automatically good and to operate in the spirit of harmony and solidarity that he and his fellow New Atheists treasure.”

For further reflection on this subject, click here to watch a thought-provoking Youtube video posted by the Veritas Forum which presents an insightful (and rather lengthy) exchange with William Lane Craig, a leading evangelical Christian philosopher and apologist.

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