It’s pretty easy to side-track discussions of morality and ethical systems into one of two swamps: epistemological challenges and nihilism. They’re great conversation-killers, but it’s hard to do any thinking if your partner resorts to saying “how do you know that?” every time you say something, or adopts a position of perfect skepticism and simply attacks without ever establishing a position worth defending. […]
Specifics – On the Immorality of God
- God blames entire groups of people for the actions of individuals.To put it mildly, that’s problematic. Among humans, group-blaming is seen as a form of prejudice, bias, or sloppy thinking. Our notion of “guilt” depends […]
- God blames individuals for the actions of their ancestors. It’s hard to describe this as anything but “shocking” because it betrays a complete lack of understanding of how responsibility works – and that’s a really awkward thing when the being that is engaging in ancestral blame is supposedly the source of all morals.
- God Does Not Comprehend Forgiveness. Since god is allegedly a fountain of all-forgiveness, we need to understand how forgiveness works – because god clearly does not have a clue about it.
Specifics – On the Immorality of Belief In God
- Believers Behave Badly When Making Unsupported Claims About The Soul, Afterlife, Etc.
1: Introduction to this series. [stderr]