Finally, a Crashman post.
Clarification Crashman, I offered the simplistic "love God, love one another" as the foundation of God's moral code if only to avoid going into a detailed discussion of the literal text of the bible (or other scriptures). This is NOT about that. Catholics and Fundamentalists can debate on another thread.
What I want this thread to accomplish is to find out what atheists have done with their atheism (in relation to what theists believe to be God's moral code). "I do not believe in God, but hey, what the theists say is God's moral code seems ok. I will not even challenge that." At least, that's what I've been getting on this thread so far. Which is a little funny (if not ironic). What gives atheists?
So again, what's your moral code atheists? And on what principle do you base this moral code on?
Look, Crashman here has offered the foundation of his moral code. Which I read to be as "democracy". Correct me if I am wrong, Crashman. And do backread a little -- I did give the atheists that one clue, "democracy" being a purely man-made idea, and a good one, I think.
However, that said, let me air out my problems with the "majority rule" principle. "Popular" becomes obsolete in a matter of years. In NAZI Germany, majority decided that hating the minority (Jews) was ok. In that part of the world at least, that was the "majority rule". Who knows, in 5 years time, if we let the "popular" become the guiding principle in our lives, fatty foods might become illegal, killing dogs for food illegal (well it is now in most countries), abortion ok, etc. etc. Save the cute animals, but exterminate the ugly ones. These, I believe, are purely "random" man-made principles of the "moment". It is neither true nor false. It is just the popular notion at that moment in history. "Popular" is not universal that can stand the test of time.
And yes, I believe that GOD'S MORAL CODE is still relevant. But I do not, in anyway, mean to suggest that that code should take the place of man made laws. Yes, Crashman, you have clearly pointed out that that code is insufficient to address the needs of the times. I agree. But still relevant, in the sense that that code is still the principle by which the individuals who crafts these man-made laws are guided by. The US Constitution (and the Philippine Constitution) "implores the aid of God/Divine Providence/Almighty". It says so in the preamble. And that is good (I think). Our man-made laws are the updated interpretations of God's moral code (well, should be anyway -- legalizing abortion, I believe is not, which is the case in the US).
Edited by skitz, 24 August 2010 - 02:13 PM.