More Thoughts on Christian Morality
April 22, 2011 3 Comments
Today we humans do not consider it moral to wantonly kill people of other cultures, nor do we consider it moral to indiscriminately rape and savagely beat women and children, also we think slavery is an abomination that should be stopped at all cost. This behavior however was condoned by the Old Testament God. He purposely (if we are to believe the Hebrew goat herder writers) sent out Hebrew warriors to eliminate whole tribes and existing cultures of the land.
We do not do these things today because we have grown up as a people and culture. Most good people would not do these things the early Hebrews did even if a god said too. We have evolved a morality that far transcends the OT God. We properly value human life; women and children, and never want to see slavery in our lifetime. (Well, I think the Republicans want to see “wage slaves”…you know, about $1.00 per hour…so they can “*Compete.” (*make more profit))
Anyway I think most humans have a prior notion of what is moral and what is not. As Jerry Coyne says in his latest (4-22-11) blog post…“If you respond that God is good, and would never ask people to commit immoral acts, that too shows that you have a notion of morality that’s prior to God.” My emphasis
Mans concept of morality has constantly changed, unlike the imaginary God, who says himself that he never changes. In the 1950’s, in America, you could be sent to prison for a very long time if you practiced sodomy (this lingered on until the 80’s or 90’s in some cases), or even tried cunnilingus on your legally married WIFE. In New York recently a man was charged with Adultery of all things. The various churches & religions have tried to keep a long list of things as chargeable criminal offences both in the bedroom and everyday life, but we as a race and culture have finally started to grow up and realize that the Churches&Religions were/are pushing evil and poisonous worldviews.
One of the great attributes of the human mind is to be able to think logically and make good decisions; it’s too bad that so many Americans do not use that ability when they ponder religion.
Religion does NOT hold exclusive rights to the Morality card…we humans also have a very large share of it…always have.
Religion…its given people hope in a world torn apart by Religion–Jon Steward