What exactly is morality? Can you be moral without God? And what does morality have to do with righteousness, values, ethics and principles – and being good? How do all those things fit together? Or do they?
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Today’s presentation is called Defining Morality. It’s the first in a series. I’ve been wanting to talk about this topic for a long time. And something struck me on Facebook the other day. One of my friends posted something. It seems that in Halifax, Nova Scotia, very recently a humanist group approached the Transit Authority wanting to place an advertisement on the side of city buses. It said simply, “You can be good without God.” The city denied the ad saying that it was too controversial. So now, I suppose, all the people in the community that don’t believe in God think that all the people that do think that they are bad, and it goes on from there.
What do you think? Is it possible to be good without God? Well, the first question I seem to want to ask in response to that is, “What do you mean when you say, ‘Good’?” What is that? What are we talking about here? There’s a term that I’ve been noticing for some time now that teenagers use. It’s quality person. What is a quality person? Is that what it means to be good? The Bible talks about the righteous? What is that? Is that the same thing as a quality person? Righteous and quality person together? The same?