"Digging for Secular Answers": Atheism Meets Ethics in the Second Issue of Moral Relativism Magazine

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Contributors to the second issue of Moral Relativism Magazine discuss the merits of atheist and religious approaches to ethics. This new, intriguing collection aims to make philosophy more accessible and to foster dialogue.

Over a dozen contributors address the popular topic of how God and morality are (or aren't) connected in "Digging for Secular Answers," the second issue of Moral Relativism Magazine. While many contributors lean secular, progressing from simple atheism to the more positive ethical vision of Humanism, there are also religious voices. The July 2011 issue includes essays, fiction, poetry, and art, and was edited and produced by Tucker Lieberman.

Lieberman wrote in an introductory note that the magazine "takes it for granted that people with secular worldviews on the whole behave every bit as ethically as people with religious worldviews." The magazine's contributors therefore addressed more specific questions, such as: What are some atheistic reasons for being good, and are atheists missing out on any important ethical details that are unique to religious viewpoints?

One contributor wrote that she prefers "the desire to do good for its own sake, not because it is prescribed by an authority, or holds the promise of immortality". Another contributor described his Christian faith as "a real, open, and vibrant thing...a benchmark against which I can measure what works and what doesn't."

Moral Relativism Magazine is open to publishing multiple viewpoints, including non-relativist opinions, as long as the message or inquiry is respectful, honest, and compassionate.

Submissions for the third issue will be considered until November 1, 2011. The topic will be something that concerns everyone on a daily basis: how to avoid being wrong.

The magazine's website, http://www.MoralRelativism.com, provides a link to Lulu.com where the magazine can be purchased as an $8 paperback (available to ship internationally) or as a $4 download. The website also has a discussion board and a Facebook page for readers to debate relevant topics and provide feedback on the magazine.

The second issue includes the second half of Piotr Wesolowski's novella The Tragedy of the Man with a Cello. The first half of the novella was printed in the first issue.

"The goal in producing a philosophy magazine that includes fiction and poetry," said Lieberman, "is to reach a wider audience, make philosophy more accessible and interesting, and foster dialogue."

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