“If God is dead, then all is permitted.” So said Dostoyevsky. “If you knew for sure that God did not exist, would you live your life any differently?” So queried the ethics prof in class tonight.
Which led to a great discussion as we concluded our coverage of religious ethics (Christianity, atheism, Navajo, Islam, and Buddhism). Are our religious ethics based on rewards and punishment? Heaven and hell? Is our motivation extrinsic, or intrinsic? Is our student who is sure that God does not exist, but who is determined to act ethically regardless, the most ethical one among us?