Hi @Interested_In_Book_Studies and RZIM Connect Family!
Thanks for being patient with me and allowing for this post to go live on Tuesday rather than the normal Monday.
This chapter reminds me a lot of Ch 6 in that it deals with morality. The essential question asked here is, “Where does morality come from?” Andy considers two main sources, either from a transcendent standard or we as humans decide what is moral, and then lays out the consequences of each in his always clever and witty way.
If God does not exist and, as Andy says, morality comes from humans/society/evolution, then we are faced with numerous problems; two mentioned in the chapter include the inability to know which “morality” is correct when people/societies differ and the loss of purpose entails that you have no way of knowing what a human life is supposed to look like.
By contrast, if morality comes from a transcendent standard, namely God, then we have solutions to the two problems above and others mentioned throughout the chapter. However, this raises a larger and more personal question: What if I don’t measure up to the standard of good? What is nobody measures up? What then? Since what is good and what is bad is not under our control, we may have an issue when attempting to get on the right side of the measuring stick.
The question above is posed near the end of the chapter, and I think it would be very helpful to not only reflect on the answer within ourselves but also to discuss with our non-Christian friends. It may be helpful to pose the question like, “IF this is true, what are the implications?” Again, each person makes moral judgments daily, so expect this conversation to move from philosophical to real-life experience quickly.
- Did you have an “aha!” moment during this chapter? Please share, if so.
- I didn’t cover the entire chapter in my summary. What would you add to this post to make it better? (I won’t be offended in the slightest. Please share things that jumped off the page, but I didn’t mention above.)
- This is our 8th week in this book. Are you seeing a change in your conversations? Yes or no, and why?
Can’t wait to hear from everyone!