Professor PZ Myers wrote the following in a recent blog post:
[T]here is no moral law: the universe is a nasty, heartless place where most things wouldn’t mind killing you if you let them. No one is compelled to be nice; you or anyone could go on a murder spree, and all that is stopping you is your self-interest (it is very destructive to your personal bliss to knock down your social support system) and the self-interest of others, who would try to stop you. There is nothing ‘out there’ that imposes morality on you, other than local, temporary conditions, a lot of social enculturation, and probably a bit of genetic hardwiring that you’ve inherited from ancestors who lived under similar conditions.
As Christians, we’d respectfully disagree; one of the truths we hold to is that there is an absolute moral law.
Faith Beyond Belief is co-sponsoring a debate with the UofC Freethought Association on this very topic on Saturday October 24th, 2009 at 7 PM. Greg Koukl and Professor John A. Baker will be debating on the topic “Do Objective Moral Truths Exist?”
Full details on the debate can be found at CalgaryDebate.ca.