Morality makes life significant…

On reflection, if morality is unimportant, then what is important? Morality makes life significant and distinctively human.

J. P. Moreland, from The Life and Death Debate, p. viii

A country were two and two made five…

Think what a totally different morality would mean. Think of a country where people were admired for running away in battle, or where a man felt proud of double-crossing all the people who had been kindest to him. You might just as well imagine a country were two and two made five.

C. S. Lewis, quoted in How to Be Your Own Selfish Pig by  Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, p. 51

The whole meaning of morality is…

The whole meaning of morality is a rule that we ought to obey whether we like it or not. If so, then the idea of creating a morality we like better is incoherent. Moreover, it would seem that until we had created our new morality, we would have no standard by which to criticize God. Since we have not yet created one, the standard by which we judge Him must be the very standard that He gave us. If it is good enough to judge Him by, then why do we need a new one?

J. Budziszewski, from What We Can’t Not Know, kindle location 384

To pretend that the moral law…

I have seen too much loneliness and unhappiness, too much chaos without and deadness of heart within, to pretend that the moral law that all people accepted until a few years ago, even if they sometimes fell afoul of it, does not still hold true, and does not still offer men and women their best chance for happiness in this life. We may obey it or not; but the penalty for disobedience isn’t ours to determine, no more than if we leapt from a cliff, intending to fly by flapping our arms. Nature is not obliged to confirm our self-deceit.

Anthony Esolen, from Defending Marriage, kindle location 102

It is extremely difficult to be a normal…

It is extremely difficult to be a normal human being and not think that some actions are wrong and some are right.

Alvin Plantinga, quoted in Without a Doubt by Kenneth Richard Samples, kindle location 2645

Between morality and ethics…

Historically there was a distinction between morality and ethics. Morality was the study of the mores (mawr-eyz) of people—how, in fact, people behave in a given society or a given culture. Where ethics sought the ethos, the transcendent standards or norms for human behavior. In simple terms it is this: Morality looks at the verb is—this is what is; ethics looks at the word ought.

R. C. Sproul, from The Truth Project, Lesson 2 at 48:25