Nicholas Wolterstorff considers whether belief in God is necessary to our moral culture.
There are philosophers – Peter Singer of Princeton is one of them – there are philosophers who sort of bite the bullet, I suppose; loss of belief in God, traditional moral culture – who are willing to say, given the loss of belief in God and given that that moral culture grew out of and was based on belief in God, we’d better at some point change the moral culture.
I don’t see many other people, other than a few philosophers, saying that – but that might become more common of course. I think most people would still be horrified if somebody said flat out what I’ve been saying – shoot the Alzheimer’s patient and toss their bodies into a dumpster. I mean that’s putting it sort of vividly, but most people would be … almost everybody, I think, would be horrified at such a suggestion, and rightly so.