Godly Values

Reply Sat 18 Feb, 2012 12:33 am
Those who believe in 'God' are likely to have some form of values beyond themselves. However, there may be a few pure anarchist ritualists, who think they only need to make the right invocations and they can carry on regardless. Then there are those who take heed of scripture and say 'God is Love' - altruism or any consonant end value. In reality the term God is superfluous, for they are Altruists with their god defined as an end value. Whether the universe is imbued with god in this form is a matter for debate. But those who are not Altruists therefore believe in a 'god' of power and law. At best they will give alms mechanically. But essentially they will as easily stone a harlot, kill nonbelievers, and worse, because it is the law, or an instruction to them from god.
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Reply Sat 18 Feb, 2012 01:16 am
@RW Standing,
I keep reading your mini-theses and suggest to you that you completely neglect the concept of "reality" as a social construction. From that point of view, religion has the social function of advocating a "devine authority" over the social regulation of behaviour. It's a very simple and somewhat trivial point.

BTW No reply from you is expected since you seem to see this forum as a platform for exposition rather than debate.
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Reply Sat 18 Feb, 2012 01:54 am
TYPO ..."divine authority"
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Reply Sat 18 Feb, 2012 08:01 am
Google: good without god.

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