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Where Do Good and Evil Come From?

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Where do good and evil come from? Some possibilities that have been proposed include evolution, reason, conscience, human nature, and utilitarianism. But as Boston College philosopher Peter Kreeft explains in the video below, none of these can be a source of objective morality.

So where does morality come from? “The very existence of morality proves the existence of something beyond nature and beyond man,” says Kreeft. “Just as a design suggests a designer, moral commands suggest a moral commander. Moral Laws must come from a moral lawgiver.”

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).


  • I’ve been reading Kirk’s biography of TS Eliot and it has quite a bit about his embracing Christianity. The problem of evil was his main impetus. He had a PhD in philosophy and found that nothing in the field came close to answering the problem of evil. He studied Hindu theology and found little help there, either. He said that by process of elimination he was forced to see that only Christianity has an answer and one that people can live consistently with..

  • Steve Vinzinski

    There is good and bad moral and amoral.The Devil and Christ.Some may do things that amoral because they do not know the difference between right and wrong.Some are amoral or immoral since they suffer from the unknown impulse rule.I firmly believe we have entered a world that is full of expensive complex toys from smart phones to any new item that appears on the market.Why do we kill it is simple we have no choice.In some people’s lives it all started on a fairly quite morning early January 30,1968 at Khe Sanh.,and continued in that compound until April 30,1968.Then killing spread out.No one was immoral they were scared that is the vast majority that was not dead.Give people time give them decades. The amoral condition or something similar was defined by Lewis B. Puller,Sr.Do a little read a book by his son called Fortune Son move into reality and read the same twice.