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#1 luke

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 10:33 AM

Does anyone know of any good resources about the basis for Christian ethics/morality? (The more online and free the better, but I'll take any recommendations.) Thanks.



#2 Ken Gilmore

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Posted 28 May 2014 - 05:59 PM

Off the top of my head:

American Scientific Affiliation
Christians in Science

Faraday Institute for Science and Religion (only a few of the articles are directly related to ethics)

 

There is admittedly something of a bias towards bioethics in the above, though some of the principles should be transferable to other areas of ethics. The peer-reviewed journal Studies in Christian Ethics alas is behind a SAGE paywall, though SAGE intermittently makes some of its journals freely available for a limited time. I can't remember whether SCE was made freely available the last time SAGE did this.


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Posted 29 May 2014 - 04:10 AM

Thanks, Ken.

 

I wasn't particularly clear. What I'm after is something pretty primary, about the ground/s for ethics/morality (rather than "applied ethics").



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Posted 29 May 2014 - 05:57 PM

Does anyone know of any good resources about the basis for Christian ethics/morality? (The more online and free the better, but I'll take any recommendations.) Thanks.


Trying to get Christians talking about morals is like pulling teeth. They know that they do not have much. Let me give you a quick link and I will follow with something I wrote on morals to a specific question. It may interest you and it also has a few links.



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Eve was correct in eating of the tree of knowledge and rejecting God.


It was God's plan from the beginning to have Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit. This can be demonstrated by the fact that the bible says that Jesus "was crucified from the foundations of the Earth," that is to say, God planned to crucify Jesus as atonement for sin before he even created human beings or God damned sin.

1Peter 1:20 0 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.

This indicates that Jesus had no choice.

If God had not intended humans to sin from the beginning, why did he build into the Creation this "solution" for sin? Why create a solution for a problem you do not anticipate?

God knew that the moment he said "don't eat from that tree," the die was cast. The eating was inevitable. Eve was merely following the plan.

This then begs the question.

What kind of God would plan and execute the murder of his own son when there was absolutely no need to?

Only an insane God. That’s who.

The cornerstone of Christianity is human sacrifice, thus showing it‘s immorality.

One of Christianity's highest form of immorality is what they have done to women. They have denied them equality and subjugated them to men.







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Christians are always trying to absolve God of moral culpability in the fall by whipping out their favorite "free will!", or “ it’s all man’s fault”.

That is "God gave us free will and it was our free willed choices that caused our fall. Hence God is not blameworthy."

But this simply avoids God's culpability as the author of Human Nature. Free will is only the ability to choose. It is not an explanation why anyone would want to choose "A" or "B" (bad or good action). An explanation for why Eve would even have the nature of "being vulnerable to being easily swayed by a serpent" and "desiring to eat a forbidden fruit" must lie in the nature God gave Eve in the first place. Hence God is culpable for deliberately making humans with a nature-inclined-to-fall, and "free will" means nothing as a response to this problem.

If all sin by nature then, the sin nature is dominant. If not, we would have at least some who would not sin.


Having said the above for the God that I do not believe in, I am a Gnostic Christian naturalist, let me tell you that evil is all human generated. Evil is our responsibility.

Much has been written to explain what I see as a natural part of evolution.

Consider.
First, let us eliminate what some see as evil. Natural disasters. These are unthinking occurrences and are neither good nor evil. There is no intent to do evil even as victims are created.

Evil then is only human to human.
As evolving creatures, all we ever do, and ever can do, is compete or cooperate.
Cooperation we would see as good as there are no victims created. Competition would be seen as evil as it creates a victim. We all are either cooperating, doing good, or competing, doing evil at all times.

Without us doing some of both, we would likely go extinct.

This, to me, explains why there is evil in the world quite well.

Be you a believer in nature, evolution or God, we should all see that what Christians see as something to blame, evil, we should see that what we have, competition, deserves a huge thanks for being available to us.

There is no conflict between nature and God on this issue. This is how things are and should be. We all must do what some will think is evil as we compete and create losers to this competition.

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Evolutionary theology.



Was there a specific moral issue you wanted to chat on?

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Posted 29 May 2014 - 06:03 PM

Luke

The Apostle's creed is the basis of the Christian faith.

1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:

3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:

4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:

5. The third day he rose again from the dead:

6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:

7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:

8. I believe in the Holy Ghost:

9. I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:

10. The forgiveness of sins:

1l. The resurrection of the body:

12. And the life everlasting. Amen.

It is a statement of beliefs that does not include or care about morals. Christians do not care about morals. They only care about salvation. That is why they follow a satanic God.

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