finally an atheist who gets it. there are no objective moral duties and obligations in the absence of something that imposes those obligations upon us
I’m going to respond at length to the alleged usefulness of a morality based on theism but for now suffice it to say not only do I think it won’t help us attain objectivity in morality if some being did try to impose obligations on us but no being can be the origin of objective morality. The Euthyphro dilemma isn’t just unanswered, we have good reason to believe it is unanswerable.
@polishedlake—that thing that imposes those things on us could natural laws or properties. An atheist can believe in objective morality without contradiction.
Precisely right. It could have turned out that when you examined two dead bodies, one dead of natural causes and the other murdered, the murder victim gave off the property of “wrongness.” An atheist could believe this or believe in the reality of something like Plato’s forms for morality, the problem is we clearly don’t live in the kind of universe of the first scenario and there’s no reason to believe abstract concepts exist in some ethereal realm of existence in this reality.