December 2007

I have some questions. What moral certitudes guide your life? Where did these values come from? What are the moral commandments you think would create an optimum society? Since a young persons mind is molded at an early age, what is the disadvantage of teaching them good religious principles while young and letting them decide for themselves what path to follow later on? What morality would guide a totally atheistic society? What would you like said at your funeral, and where would the service be held? Do not use the straw man argument that a lot of ”religious” people have committed crimes or atrocities. This only shows that man cannot keep the Commandments, it does not show there is something wrong with the commanments.

Wow — lots of questions! I’ll see if I can answer them all —

“What moral certitudes guide your life?”
There are many of them. For example, seek to cause no harm, help others when possible, respect the thoughts of others, and seek the truth.

“Where did these values come from?”
They can be derived logically.

“What are the moral commandments you think would create an optimum society?”
I think that the three I mentioned above would be a good start.

“Since a young persons mind is molded at an early age, what is the disadvantage of teaching them good religious principles while young and letting them decide for themselves what path to follow later on?”
That depends on what you mean when you say “good religious principles.” If those principles involve obedience without thought or not questioning certain beliefs, then such principles can lead to great harm later in life. But if the principles in question are moral principles, and they are well taught, then that would be beneficial.

“What morality would guide a totally atheistic society?”
If you are looking for the name of a specific school of morality, I don’t have one. However, logic can lead you to a perfectly acceptable set of moral values, and such a set could be used by an atheistic society.

“What would you like said at your funeral, and where would the service be held?”
If I have a funeral, I hope that those who attend will share fond remembrances of me. If I had my choice, my memorial would be held at Disneyland. Since that isn’t going to happen, my second choice would be to have it online.

“Do not use the straw man argument that a lot of ‘religious’ people have committed crimes or atrocities. This only shows that man cannot keep the Commandments, it does not show there is something wrong with the commanments.”
You’re right that people breaking the 10 Commandments is not proof that the commandments are wrong. However, if people act immorally but believe they are obeying the 10C, I’d say that is evidence that either the Commandments are incomplete or that they are not being taught rigorously.

By the way, I’m unclear on why Christians hold to the 10C. Wasn’t Hebrew law overturned by Jesus? And if this 10C is still in effect, why not also the 10C in Exodus 34? If you know the answer to these questions, I’d be interested to hear them.

Posted on December 28, 2007 at 8:17 pm by ideclare · Permalink
In: Discussion, Morality

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