My conversation with Dr. Christoyannopoulos moved me to work out something I've been thinking about for a long time in regard to morality and purpose. Something clicked for me in our conversation and I thought I'd share it in an episode. These are nascent thoughts and there's a lot to work through, but hopefully it's a good start.
The basic thesis is that all current moral systems proposed are inherently arbitrary in their grounding, and all moral systems currently proposed undercut commonsense notions of altruism. Moral systems are groundless and fail to account for other/community. In this episode, I propose a system which gives us purpose/grounding, and which embraces meaningful altruism. This is vital for Christian anarchists to understand, as a moral system which is arbitrary and non-altruistic undercuts the rationale for anarchists to avoid the consequentialist/pragmatic morality that justifies the actions they so vehemently despise.
0:00 - Introduction
7:45 - Incoherence of Current Moral Theories
8:20 - Virtue Ethics & Arbitrariness
9:25 - Consequentialism & Arbitrariness
10:15 - Deontological & Arbitrariness
12:45 - Virtue Ethics & Egoism
19:20 - Deontology & Egoism
21:30 - Consequentialism & Egoism
26:05 - How does the resurrection fix arbitrariness and egoism?
27:40 - Purpose and existence in creation
30:40 - Separation from purpose and existence
33:45 - What the resurrection gets us - theosis
40:40 - Existence and pure nature are required for purpose and morality
46:20 - Privation theory of evil
51:20 - Isn't hope in resurrection a self-centered hope?
1:00:05 - Resurrection prevents the sacrifice of other
1:10:15 - Means are concomitant with their ends
1:11:50 - Conclusion
1:14:15 - Implications on Christian Anarchism and Othering
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