My heart is again burdened in ongoing dialogue with young people in Israel who are wrestling with the faith of their Messianic Jewish upbringing as compared to agnosticism and atheism. The percentage of young people following in the faith of their parents here in Israel is higher than in some Western nations. Yet, I continue to have periodic discussions with a local contingent of young adults who are not at present following the faith of their parents ...
In one of these recent conversations, I noted that there is no foundation in atheism for moral ethics or for right and wrong. As Yale philosopher Stevenson argued - for an atheist, ethical statements are not really statements that can be called true or false. Right and wrong become only expressions of what we like and urge others to like - for example, "I hate killing and urge you to hate it too." Such a society creates norms out of what people commonly like and dislike. However, these norms are not based on true absolutes. So in the end they don't really have any more force of validity than say, urging people: "Please eat broccoli because it is healthy" ...
Professor Singer, a Jewish teacher of ethics at Princeton, has argued that a developed dog has more differentiated consciousness than a retarded baby. According to this line of reasoning, the dog has more right to life than the baby, and therefore the human baby can be killed!!! This concept prompted and inspired my essay ...
- Five Societal Principles of Atheism Taken to its Ultimate Logical Conclusions
- 1. Atheism Would Embrace Social Class Distinctions
- 2. Atheism would Breed Out or even Eliminate non-Productive Populations
- 3. Atheism would Transcend the Family
- 4. Atheism would Institute a New Sexual Approach
- 5. Atheism would Use Genetic Engineering
- MY RESPONSE
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