Then, we brought up the discussion about the need of an enforcer to enforce morality. Grayling believes that the idea that morality needs an enforcer is a logical fallacy. Larissa discussed how the threat of force makes people act good. However, Keaton said that we act good out of the fear of God, which he defined as people not wanting to disappoint God. He said acting good out of fear is similar to our parents. We do not want to disappoint our parents because they would be upset if we acted in a wrong way.
Then, we discussed about people having a sense of right and wrong. Keaton and Erin discussed that people have a sense of right and wrong because God put that in us, but not everyone acknowledges it. I agree with this. I think that everyone has a sense of right or wrong because if people did not, then the world would be under distress through massive murders and more. Also, I believe that people who do not believe in God are still good people.
Also in our discussion, we talked about agnostics. We talked about how these people do not decide whether or not they believe in God because they do not try to understand one way or the other. Keaton and Larissa looked up the definition on this one while Erin, Yusra, and I waited casually in the grass outside today (Thank you Dr. Oliver!). One of the definitions was that it is the view that the existence or nonexistence is unknown. (I cannot remember who looked this one up! Also, I think that one was the only definition read out loud so please comment with the other definition.)
Finally, Dr. Oliver came over as a floater from the other side of the JUB lawn. He talked to us about how new atheists do not put on the glasses of the believers in God and morality. Also, he talked about how the rational assessment of what is best for others works best for atheist. Also, most atheist look at the rewards they get out of doing something (Correct me if I am wrong about what you exactly said Dr. Oliver). I think that it is very important to see both views and understand why one thinks that certain way. It is better to be an informed citizen rather than a citizen that only believes that it is his/her way or the highway.
I want to end the blog post by saying that I have enjoyed this class. I cannot believe that this is the last group discussion post that I will be posting in just a few moments. It has been nice to talk about the different philosophical ideas that people are having today and the other philosophers that have made a tremendous impact in the world back in the day! Also, I can definitely tell my thinking has changed in my everyday life. I went from just thinking about things one way to being open about the different ideas that people may have on the similar issue(s). I think that has made me into a better person and a better U.S. citizen by being well informed.
DQ: Throughout the PHIL 1030 course, did the way you thought about different philosophical ideas change? Did this new style of thinking change your everyday thinking outside the classroom?
FQ: Q: According to A.C. Grayling, ____________________ is something that religions themselves should be embracing for their own survival.