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An ontic (real, vs. phenomenal) referent, is an actual reference point one uses as a standard with which to evaluate data.
To an atheist, it would be a measurement, a metric, by which they gauge or determine right from wrong (in the absence of God’s moral law – in which they do not believe). And, since the measurement would be self-derived, it would be subjective.
e.g. – one might say “the laws of man or society are my referent” or “self preservation is my referent”.
But, in the case of the former, where does the inherent value of life com e from to ascribe those laws – given that our origins were of non-reasoning, non-intelligent matter only? And, in the latter – suppose that your neighbor determines that in order for him to survive, you must die; now where’s your faith in your…
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