The View From 1776

Moral Models from Mainstream Media

Irate emailers frequently denounce my view that all moral conduct stems from religion.  It is true that some atheistic, morally-relativistic liberals behave with personal honesty and decency, but not because of the class-oriented, social-justice doctrine of liberal-socialism, which enthusiastically welcomes every trendy descent into hedonistic degeneracy that affronts traditional standards of social conduct.

The New York Times makes my case for me.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/27 at 10:25 PM
  1. The distinction must be made between man-made religion and God-made religion.

    God-made religion equipts the human being with Criteria for choice-making that transcends human ability to create. Man-made religion possesses man-made criteria that goes no higher than human eyebrows. Mediocrity: cause-effect.

    God-made religion contains prophecy and its fulfillment plus the ability to anticipate consequences of human choice apriori decision-making. Man-made religions contain either no prophecy or inaccurate unfulfilled hoped-for guessing. God alone knows the future.

    The Judeo-Christian faith is validated by God and His Word. Transcendent Criteria and Fulfilled Prophetic Validation. Lacking these, all other 'religion' is man-made.

    Free-riders perform their hat-tipping on a limited basis of time and place. Selective 'morality' is non-morality. The Word of God says if you have broken the Law at a single point you have broken the whole Law.

    No one is 'born' homosexual else God would not hold them responsible for their chosen behavior. He does and will... God is not schizophrenic; God does not lie. Humans conveniently lie.
    Posted by Choicemaker  on  10/28  at  10:26 AM
  2. Howdy, Thomas,

    I beg to differ. A clear and decent moral philosophy may be and has been developed without recourse to mysticism, as religion is. There is no way to prove, objectively, that any religion is truer than any other. Would you conclude that the Islamic terrorists, whose acts are based on their moral views based on their INTERPRETATION of their religion, are behaving morally?

    On the other hand, basing a moral philosophy on duty, loyalty, and "women and children first" can produce, and has produced, a set of principles for living a just and proper life that does not require a belief in a deity or other prop outside of recognition of human fellowship.

    --Brooks A. Mick, M.D.
    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  10/29  at  10:49 AM
  3. There are many sources from which moral standards can come other than religion. There's utilitarianism, Kant's Categorical Imperatives, social contractism, objectivism, secular humanism & many other philosophies.
    Posted by Joe Licentia  on  10/29  at  04:58 PM
  4. Many problems in human experience are the result of
    false and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised
    in man-made religions and man-made humanistic philo-
    sophies.

    Human knowledge is a fraction of the whole universe.
    The balance is a vast void of human ignorance. Human
    reason cannot fully function in such a void; thus, the
    intellect can rise no higher than the criteria by which it
    perceives and measures values.

    Humanism makes man his own standard of measure.
    However, as with all measuring systems, a standard
    must be greater than the value measured. Based on
    preponderant ignorance and an egocentric carnal
    nature, humanism demotes reason to the simpleton
    task of excuse-making in behalf of the rule of appe-
    tites, desires, feelings, emotions, and glands.

    Because man, hobbled in an ego-centric predicament,
    cannot invent criteria greater than himself, the humanist
    lacks a predictive capability. Without instinct or trans-
    cendent criteria, humanism cannot evaluate options with
    foresight and vision for progression and survival. Lack-
    ing foresight, man is blind to potential consequence and
    is unwittingly committed to mediocrity, collectivism,
    averages, and regression - and worse. Humanism is an
    unworthy worship.

    The void of human ignorance can easily be filled with
    a functional faith while not-so-patiently awaiting the
    foot-dragging growth of human knowledge and behav-
    ior. Faith, initiated by the Creator and revealed and
    validated in His Word, the Bible, brings a transcend-
    ent standard to man the choice-maker. Other philo-
    sophies and religions are man-made, humanism, and
    thereby lack what only the Bible has:

    1.Transcendent Criteria and
    2.Fulfilled Prophetic Validation.

    The vision of faith in God and His Word is survival
    equipment for today and the future.

    Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by
    nature and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of
    Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive
    characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural
    foundation of his environments, institutions, and re-
    spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien-
    ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the
    universe. selah

    "Got Transcendent Criteria?" See Psalm 119:1-176
    Posted by Choicemaker  on  10/30  at  09:11 AM
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