Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Gods & Morals

Found this great post about religion and morality. It doesn't contain any Earth-shattering revelations and it's a bit harsh on believers. That being said, it's quite funny and clever. Here's an excerpt:

"It's worth pointing out here that the Ten Commandments, which are touted by fundamentalist Christians as some sort of ultimate moral anchor, are not all that moral. The commandment to honor your mother and father is probably universally seen as a good thing, but what can an outsider make of the commandment to 'have no other gods before me,' or the one to 'remember the Sabbath and keep it holy'? These are sheer sectarian huckstering, as are one or two others -- depending on which Ten Commandments you're reading -- and have no bearing at all on moral behavior in a culturally-complex society.

And besides, if you're going to have only ten ultimate moral statements you hope to share with your entire society, why waste three or four of them on the equivalent of 'Go Niners!' or 'Dale Earnhardt Forever!'"

Read the whole thing.


At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Kirby on Finance said...

That's a pretty harsh view of the 10 commandments! I see the point being made, but I think they had a lot different meaning back then than they do know. I just try to view them in the context in which they were written.


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