John B Hodges's Blog Posts Tagged 'Ethics' (7)

Short post on ethics.

I saw an article on Salon.com or perhaps AlterNet, and reading the comments I was moved to comment myself; I assembled the following out of material I already had on my blog, but in the comments I got several compliments on it, so perhaps this is a happy combination of elements. -JBH

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Religion has its benefits and harms. One of the major harms that it does is to teach a false theory of ethics.



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Added by John B Hodges on May 4, 2013 at 4:11am — 1 Comment

Two Arguments From The Debate

At Virginia Tech, on Wednesday evening March 21, there was a debate on the question "Does God Probably Exist?" I wanted to post comments on two of the arguments given.

One argument given was the "fine-tuning argument". One of the debaters was studying high-level academic philosophy, and they stated it thus:

Given the fine-tuning evidence, a life-permitting Universe (LPM) is very, very epistemically unlikely under the non-existence of a fine-tuner, and is not unlikely if a…

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Added by John B Hodges on March 22, 2012 at 2:22pm — No Comments

The Ethics of Jesus

 

This is something I wrote Spring 2004. Please forward as you think

appropriate. -John B. Hodges.

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Added by John B Hodges on May 27, 2011 at 6:12am — 5 Comments

Rand's "Epistemological Argument"

Preface: The following essay was written in 1998, for the IOS discussion list. More recently I have had an exchange of views on an Objectivist site called "Noodlefood" where they (1) claimed that I had totally misunderstood Rand's argument (2) refused to present her argument, saying only that the choice of whether to live or die was **FUNDAMENTAL**, and that I should go back and do my homework. I have added a postscript at the bottom, in reply to these…

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Added by John B Hodges on February 6, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Deconstructing "Christian" Morality: Leaflet, Jesus' Ethics in Ten Easy Lessons

Those who claim to believe in "absolute" moralities usually don't actually follow them, and don't even pretend to try.


A few years back I decided to study the ethical teachings of Jesus. I sat down with a notebook and pen and a Bible, and (over the course of a week, off and on) read through the four Gospels, taking note every time Jesus said something about what we should DO. I skipped through the biography,…
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Added by John B Hodges on August 3, 2010 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Who is the Enemy?

(This was written shortly after September 11, 2001, for a general audience.)


I've followed, more or less, the discussions about who the "enemy" is, in the "war on terrorism"; the "Clash of Civilizations" thesis, and so forth. I confess I think of it in different terms. The enemy is theocracy. It comes in Islamic, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, AND secular forms.


The freethinking, skeptical, scientific "frame of mind" is functionally and…
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Added by John B Hodges on July 12, 2010 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Atheist Ethics in 500 Words

ATHEIST ETHICS IN 500 WORDS. John B. Hodges, Dec. 21, 2007.


How can you have any ethics if you don't believe in God?


The question must BE questioned. How can you have any ethics if you DO believe in a god?


Religious folk misunderstand morality at its roots. Religion teaches a child's view of ethics, that "being good" means "obeying your parent". Just as religious faith is believing what you are told, so…
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Added by John B Hodges on July 12, 2010 at 1:07pm — 2 Comments

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