My response to a stoic atheist who believes in moral law:
We can both applaud the existence of a moral law and the words of M. Aurelius:
· “He who does wrong does wrong against himself. He who acts unjustly acts unjustly to himself, because he makes himself bad.”
However, digging deeper, we ask “Why does the violation of moral law degrade us!” We “violate” physical laws all the time without consequence. We get on airplanes and bungy-jump, usually without consequence. What makes the moral law so different?
When we violate moral law, we not only feel bad, but it also does bad. This is true not only in Moscow and NYC but also among ISIS and the Islamic countries. It is true today and will be true tomorrow. We can’t escape it by going to Siberia or Alaska. Nor can we avoid it through technological advances.
We not only experience moral law, but it even communicates its displeasure to us. Nevertheless, it also suggests a partial remedy – admitting our violation. In fact, it can also be argued that this law has its own elegance.