God and the meaning of life, part 1 of 2 parts.
This is the first of a two-part post. This first part criticizes a book by Tom May, A Significant Life. Much of the book concerns why God can’t be part of the answer. The second part is a list of things that contribute to a meaningful life. It follows this part.
Todd May can’t imagine that God can be part of the answer to a meaningful life because God only provides objective meaning, which doesn’t exist. His is a common error about God and the meaning of life, but it takes a philosopher to really make it confusing. May is a philosopher.
May’s idea is that an objective answer to the meaning of life can only come from the outside, given to humans by God. A subjective answer, on the other hand, is one which humans come up with themselves. The distinction doesn’t work. In fact, the whole distinction between objective and subjective meaning doesn’t work.