I spent some time back in SkepticForum while I was waiting on this one to come back up. I floated this idea. It got confused with the idea of trying to be an accommodationalist. Hoping for better discussion here.
The argument, if you want to call it that, was made as a response to the question of morals, near the end of a radio interview. I like it because it addresses not only the question of where do morals come from, but it explains why someone might be attracted to religion. It takes understanding a little of the science to extract the draw to religion.
If you haven’t heard the show, the interviewer is a Christian, but he brings in all the big atheist names and lets them tell their story. To get the full version of the argument, listen to at least the last half hour, but here is Bart’s final statement, responding to Sean’s insistence that morality has to come from a source, which must be God/Jesus and Bart has taken his values from Christianity and just given them a secular explanation.
“What you said was lovely, and my only response would be that I think that you are right my humanism borrows a great deal from my Xtian experience and Xtianity itself. Now, what I would say is, Christianity itself emerged out of something much deeper which is the human experience of life itself. So, what I would say is, that all the values that brought me into Christianity, the reason I was attracted to Christianity was because it was a great reflection of love, and love is natural.”