Can Christians Be Moral?

Christianity in the Age of Moral Insight

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the lord, and on his law he meditates day and night (Ps. 1:1–2).

When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, he said that the entire Old Testament, both the Law and the Prophets, can be summarized in the following two commandments: (1) love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and (2) love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:36–40). There’s much more to Christian ethics than loving God and loving your neighbor, however.

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Objective Morality

With those premises out of the way, let’s look at the morality of the Christian right. Christian morality, first and foremost, as Christian apologists claim, is a set of universalizable behavioral principles. As Paul writes, every person has the law “written on their hearts” (Romans 2:15). In other words, Christians believe that our morality is entrenched within us, or hard-wired into our brains by God.

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Moral Agreement

Christian apologists further claim that the objective morality presented in the Bible will be able to give us moral agreement amongst each other. Thus, Keller writes:

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“I would be surprised to find fellow humanists disagreeing very greatly, or about much.” — AC Grayling

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