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"This is an intellectually stimulating book and a good overview of natural and supernatural theories of morality. . . . If one is desirous to become better acquainted with contemporary views, Christian or not, this is a good start." (J. Brian Huffling, Christian Apologetics Journal, Spring 2014)

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R. Keith Loftin (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is assistant professor of humanities at The College at Southwestern in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the editor of God & Morality: Four Views (IVP, 2012).
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  • Series: Spectrum Multiview Books
  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (November 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830839844
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830839841
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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R. Keith Loftin is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at the College at Southwestern and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, TX). Beyond his undergraduate studies (B.A. Biblical Studies, 2005), he holds an M.A. in Humanities (University of Dallas, 2008), an M.A. in Philosophy (Louisiana State University, 2009), and the PhD in Theology (University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 2013).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patrick S on April 9, 2013
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This book is a fine book! The contributors engage in rigorous debate over whether God is necessary for morality and if so, how morality and God are related. Evan Fales, who's view is basically Aristotelian, writes on naturalistic moral realism and argues that there are teleologially organised systems and that these systems are enough to ground moral truths. Michael Ruse, a Darwinist acknowledges that there is no foundation for morality but nevertheless it is best to act as if there were. This might not sound like much to read about however Ruse brings valuable insight in his responses to each of the three authors contributions. Keith Yandell argues that morality has necessary existence apart from God and finally Mark Linville defends the view that God's nature is the grounding of morality. The theistic authors spend a considerable amount of time writing on Eutyphro's dilemma which was really enlightening and towards the end the book spends a considerable time on it.
In this book there is no emotive, heated quarrelling, just 4 respectable philosophers debating their points of view.

Anyone interested in the moral argument will benefit from this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cornell on September 9, 2014
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God and Morality pits four respectable philosophers in Evan Fales, Keith Yandall, Michael Ruse and Mark Linville in an all out debate mostly in the metaethical realm, which in my opinion is the most important discipline in the theory of ethics.

Evan Fales, Keith Yandall and Mark Linville all hold to moral truths existing, though only Mark Linville believes that they are grounded in God. Linville uses the work of the late and great William Alston to argue his case on why God gives an advantage to the godless view, simply because God possess personhood and a way for us to trust our cognitive faculties with respect to the mechanism that provides our moral intuitions. I obviously agreed with Linville the most before I read this book, and I came out becoming more confident in my position after reading his essay. The overrated euthyphro dilemma was refuted, though surprisingly it was also taken down by Michael Ruse who actually agreed to the point that the Euthyphro is a bad objection to God's relation to ethics.

Michael Ruse puts forth what I think fits perfectly with respect to the logical implications of a godless universe and that is moral nihilism. He argues convincingly that if God does not exist then we humans are just cosmic accidents in a purposeless mechanistic universe that doesn't have a telos. Ruse states that morality is nothing more than a psychological advantage used by a nonrational and purposeless evolutionary process with the function of propagating our DNA for our kin.

I agree with Fales on the fact that an Aristotelian approach to metaphysics is the way to go, however I don't see how a godless reality holds together this 'telos' that he was arguing for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coleman E. Mccaskey III on March 27, 2014
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Great thought provoking book with widely varied insights. Will make and help you to examine your own beliefs. Highly recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald L. on March 7, 2015
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