Not long ago, a viral tweet made its way into my feed. Once again, a Christian was using bombastic language to insist objective morality is impossible without God. To paraphrase: “Hey atheists, it’s not my fault your worldview says rape and genocide are just a matter of opinion!”
When tweets like this get traction, the result is fairly predictable. Some misunderstand the charge and defend the moral character of atheists. Those who do understand largely fall into two camps: the Christians who mock the absurdity of the poor foolish atheists and the skeptics who mock the ignorance of the poor foolish Christians.
Little actual dialogue occurs. Almost none of it is edifying. We can and we should do better.