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Is This Atheist Morality?

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Remember when I asked my Atheist buddies to come up wth the new ten commandments ? Here is a response. 

 He needs help, please explain to me what is wrong or right with his thinking.


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Written by dawkinswatch

March 19, 2008 at 4:19 pm

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  1. What bothers me about this YouTube clip is the false caricature that it portrays by putting up pictures of the Holocaust, etc. I might as well interview a theist while showing quotes from the Old Testament and ask “Is this theist morality?” Clearly that would suggest that all theists are immoral.

    It’s a red herring full of closed-mindedness.

    So I would answer your question by pointing out that the hosts’ thinking was flawed.

    Dan

    March 19, 2008 at 4:54 pm

  2. Dawkinswatch

    You received a number of polite and constructive suggestions to your original post, suggesting ways in which the ten commandments could be improved. None of which espoused the philosophical position of moral relativism.

    You did not make any real response to our suggestions at the time. Is a video about a position that none of us suggested, with gratuitous images of the holocaust, the best reply you can offer to our arguments?

    Perhaps a specific question would be helpful – do you believe that slavery is right or wrong? And on what basis do you make that judgement?

    Lirone

    lirone

    March 19, 2008 at 6:11 pm

  3. We live in a free, pluralistic society. It is very difficult to justify moral claims and truth claims in a way that everyone can agree with. Foucault convincing argued that moral claims and truth claims are nothing more than assertions of power – attempts to exert control over other people or to limit freedom. What we value more than anything in the west is freedom, freedom from oppression. It is hard to maintain freedom and achieve a consensus about what is moral and why something is moral – no, really it is impossible.

    The ten commandments are part of a long narrative that a Christian or Jewish parent could tell to their children about who they are and why they live the way we do in communities and times when everyone was Christian or Jewish. But in America now, we all hear so many narratives and are forced to choose between them. It is a hard and confusing choice. We all belong to multiple communities. We have multiple narratives. We have no coherent truth. We have no coherent morality.

    Ken

    March 19, 2008 at 7:32 pm


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