Today I came across this tweet in my Twitter feed (please forgive the language):
— PhilosophicalAtheism (@PAtheism) March 5, 2017
I agree that one ought not behave ethically because one expects to be rewarded for doing so. But then, I know of no Christian view of ethics that is predicated simply on reward/punishment.
Interestingly, the individual seeks to counter the reward view with what is presumably a more sophisticated view: “because it feels better….” (emphasis added) But how is this a superior view? The first person acts rightly because he hopes to benefit later (by way of a reward). The second person acts rightly because he hopes to benefit sooner (by way of a feeling).
So the only real difference between the two individuals is when they expect to receive their reward? And yet, the second person believes somehow that he has a superior view of ethics?
Oy vey, the face palm was invented for moments such as this.