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Do right and wrong exist?

I'm curious about objective right and wrong. If you believe in God, this is a no-brainer. Some things are wrong, some things are right, simply because God says so and He knows. But if you don't believe in God, can you still believe in objective morality? I personally don't think you can. I mean, what do you base it off of? How do you find out what's objectively right or wrong? (By objective I mean "existing independent of thought or an observer as part of reality." from dictionary.com)
Sure, there's subjective morality. Any idea of right or wrong come up with by a human is by definition subjective. That's all well and good. Problem is that it only applies to people who believe in it and it gives them no authority to proclaim anything as "what we should be doing." Very often everybody disagrees with each other and we don't get anywhere. (Just look at Congress for an example of this.)
Maybe you disagree with me and you think there is objective morality but no God. That's fine. I would like to ask you to answer a question for me though. Let's pick an easy one. Why is rape objectively wrong? Don't misunderstand me, I can't think of a single instance where rape wouldn't be wrong. I believe very strongly that sexual abuse is one of the greatest evils in the world. Why is it evil? If you can answer me without using a God-based or subjective argument, I'll concede the point.
That point is this: Without God, there is no such thing as right and wrong, only the things we call right and wrong. And since nobody can agree on what to call what, we're all in a lot of trouble.


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    Feb 27 2013: It seems that certain acts are considered immoral almost universally. E.g., murder, stealing, and lying. From this perspective, there is a temptation to agree with Michael Free. But is there a way to objectively determine what constitutes these tings?
    • Feb 27 2013: The innocence scale:

      On one side is TRUTH, AGREEMENT before action, and EMPATHY

      On the other side is Lying, Doing what thou wilt toward others (without their agreement), and having no empathy for others.

      But what is guilt? Guilt is what happens when other people find you guilty. It's impossible to be guilty when everything you do is on the innocence side of the scale. Some people may not like the truth, and will find it offensive, but rest assured you are not to blame, for you told the truth.
      • Feb 27 2013: We need to remember to temper the truth with empathy. When we don't do a good enough job of this, people have a right to be upset with the truth we've revealed.
        • Feb 28 2013: Yes, I couldn't agree more! But that doesn't mean we should ever lie. We can state the truth or decline to state the truth, or state the truth in a matter that is not offensive.

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