What is “Atheonomy”?

Within Christian theology theonomy is the belief that all ethics stem from the existence and divine word of God; in many ways it is related to Divine Command Theory. Atheonomy, on the other hand, is a part of the Humanist tradition that can effectively be summarized as the belief that the fear of retribution from a paternalistic super-being is not – and never should be – the reason why we are kind to one another. There are plenty of better sources to derive one’s ethics from than the rantings of a tyrant.

The Authors

This is the official blog of the Morris Freethinkers at the University of Minnesota-Morris and though there are several “main” authors we will be including articles from the general membership as they are submitted to us. As a mob of Freethinkers, expect Freethinking on everything ranging from religion and philosophy to politics and current events.

Joseph Hartmann is a self-described environmental and social justice advocate.  Interested in worldbuilding, speculative biology, and alternative biochemistry, his blog Exotic Universe features a thought experiment set in a fictional solar system where his own tree of life has evolved.  Pursuing graduate studies in Community Planning, Joe would one day like to work for a local government, focusing on addressing environmental issues in urban areas.

Joshua Preston is a student of Political Theory and U.S. History with an indescribable love for Evolutionary Theory who dreams of attending graduate school so that he can spend the rest of his life as a professor making $0 to pay off his non-$0 debt. He has a personal blog (“A Prairie Populist“), runs the (in)famous website Giraffes Drawn By People Who Should Not Be Drawing Giraffes and posts snarky tweets (@JPPreston).

James Rook needs to write a biography as well.

You can follow Atheonomy on twitter @MorrisFreethink


2 thoughts on “About”

  1. This seems like a really interesting blog and I completely agree with you on the idea that ethics should not derive from fear and good should not be done simply out of a want to go to heaven; to be reincarnated as something better; to reach Moksha etc etc. I look forward to reading this blog!

  2. gcobb1990 said:

    Great blog! Very interesting theories.

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