Ethics, Science, or Religion - Which Has the Answer?
"If God does not exist, anything is permitted," concludes Ivan Karamazov, a character in Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, The Brothers Karamazov. "Anything is permitted" – leads to ethics. What is the right thing to do? How has evolution influenced our ethical behavior? Has religion influenced our behavior? Are our values defined by our culture or our biology? As emotions develop, how do they help form our morality and values?"
"Ethics, Science, or Religion – Which Has the Answer?" These questions will be addressed in this program. This is a follow up to the talk Grant gave to the Minnesota Atheists meeting last November 20, 2011.
Grant is a former Board member of MNA and a past chairperson. He served as host for the Minnesota Atheists television show Atheists Talk and has been interviewed on the Minnesota Atheists radio show. He has contributed articles and reviewed books for the Minnesota Atheists newsletter. In the past, he has lectured on cults and fundamentalism. Grant has also delivered speeches at the Day of Reason. Grant holds a Doctorate in Theology, is a retired public school educator, debate coach.
The two bibliography lists below will give the listener more background and understanding of the extensive topics of ethics, science and religion.
Ethics and Morality
Audi, Robert Moral Value and Human Diversity 2007
Casebeer, William D. Natural Ethical Facts 2003
Churchland, Patricia Braintrust 2011
De Waal, Frans Primates and Philosophers 2006
Gazzaniga, Michael S The Ethical Brain 2006
Harris, Sam The Moral Landscape 2010
Hauser, Marc D. Moral Minds 2006
Hoffman, Martin Empathy and Moral Development 2000
Holloway, Richard Godless Morality 2002
James, Scott M. An Introduction to Evolutionary Ethics 2011
Joyce, Richard The Evolution of Morality 2006
Levy, Neil What Makes us Moral? 2004
Singer, Peter The Expanding Circle 1981
Sinnott-Armstrong, Walter Morality 2009
Thompson, Paul Issues in Evolutionary Ethics 1995
Wielenber, Erik J. Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe 2005
Atran, Scott In Gods We Trust 2002
Bellah, Robert Religion in Human Evolution 2011
Boyer, Pascal Religion Explained 2001
De Vries, Jan The Study of Religion 1967
Eller, Jack David Introducing Anthropology of Religion 2007
Guthrie, Stewart Faces in the Clouds 1993
Kirkpatrick, Lee Attachment, Evolution, and the Psychology of Religion 2005
Pals, Daniel L. Eight Theories of Religion 2006
Pyysiainen, Ilkka How Religion Works 2003
Saler, Benson Conceptualizing Religion 2000
Stark,Rodeny and Roger Finke Acts of Faith 2000
Wallace, Anthony Religion: An Anthropological View 1966
Wilson, David Sloan Darwin's Cathedral 2003
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