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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #33)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 11:48 PM

41. Religion, or just Christianity? Your argument seems to be primarily against Western...

religions, one in particular, but still ignores that religious ethics are usually reflective of the mores of the society that believes in that religion. Judaism, a religion of Law, was born in the ancient days of warlords, while Christianity, a religion based on love, was born on the tail of the Greek enlightenment-- both allegedly the word of God, but in truth reflecting trains of thought of the day. And such thought around yet today, with or without the official seal of God.

I'm not sure how the ethics of "reason" would be superior to religious ones, since all of them are the products of human ingenuity-- something I doubt you would deny. Religious ethics simply add the element of the supernatural for authority. Whilst religions have admittedly allowed horrific things to happen, "reason" has given us Utilitarians, Nazis and Stalin. Since religion has also given us animists, Buddhists and Quakers, I fail to see how one is significantly superior to the other. Again, if they are all the invention of our minds, why is one superior to the other? Simply pointing to God as an authority makes one of them bad?

And, ummm, while I also object to the almost pornographic flailing of them in public, do you really have a problem with the Ten Commandments? Are they something to be tossed, or do they also reflect something of the ethics of "reason"? Isn't their high standing in the Old Testament and restatement in the New simply a reflection of universal human mores?

Or are they irrelevant simply because legend has it Moses brought them down from the mountain? Which commandments don't count in the "rational" ethic?









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