I hear many people argue that ethics would be impossible without there being an objective standard established by god. Does anyone know any good arguements around this?

I don't know why they would assume God=Moral Standard, but I don't have a really good argument against it.

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If God is the moral standard, ethics and morality is subject to His whim. As you see in the bible, his standards change when He sees fit.

Religious morality is subjective, not objective.
I think the answer is to say that they cannot prove that the moral code that they follow came from God or a God, therefore if the moral code was written by a man then it cannot be a gold stardard by which all morals can be judged because that man was human and prone to errors and bias.
"We don't even know who wrote the bible. How can we know it's reliable?"
Based, of course, on "God doesn't write books."
Fundamentalist christians will also try to portray athiests as having no moral code at all, almost as if you are some kind of sociopath if you don't follow god's rules. What i always say is its always better to follow your own moral compass than to follow the laws of some non-existant deity simply because you are scared that if you don't you will be caught and punished, which kind of makes you a rather pathetic excuse for a human being.
Whenever religious dogma is used as the source of moral standards, inevitably the quality of the ethical principles are compromised. Since ethical values are social in origin, they have a scope which covers all of human activity. By contrast, the scope of dogmatic religious morality is restricted to those areas covered in the texts.

When a novel social situation arises which requires ethical judgement, the dogmatic religious reasoner has to first adapt their dogma, abstract and focus on what they consider relevant (according to their texts), and only then can they offer a restricted ethical judgement. It is no surprise that religious ethical judgements are overwhelmingly reactionary because they can only relate anachronistically to modern social values.

In the case of Islam, since the text of the Qur'an is supposed to be the literal word of god, it cannot be edited and therefore must remain anachronistic.

So religious morality is condemned to be reactionary, incomplete, and tangential to social values. We see this particularly in catholic doctrine about stem cell research, AIDS, gay adoption, and a host of other "modern" ethical questions.
I guess it would depend on which god. In Numbers 31:1-18 the bible god orders Moses to kill all the Midianites but the little virgin girls they could keep for themselves. If murder and raping children is moral then perhaps the standard set by said god is too low for civilized consideration. So it becomes an issue of which god. The Jains are among the most moral religions (they don't believe in harming anything living whatsoever)... but then, I don't think they have a god. Hmmm.
Morals are Internal
Ethics are Societal
Religon's are political
I like this summary. I would like to explore this set of statements from an evolutionary perspective in a new thread.
Don't the Jains suggest that you refrain from all sexual contact/pleasure?
Argument around it = "Hitler was a theist." The discussion should end either way.
1. you've demonstrated that their absolutist argument is false
2. Godwin's Law.

so, either way, it's your escape clause.
Stat- the safest countries in the world are the most atheistic. (Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland etc)
Stat- the prison population is mostly christian. Atheists make up a very small amount.

It takes time to find these statistics but I've seen them somewhere so that's something you could look into
One book which you might be referring to is "Society without God: What the least religious nations can tell us about contentment" by Phil Zuckerman.




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