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a good bit about god and the claim that god defines good
« on: December 09, 2011, 10:23:28 AM »
from one of my favorite bloggers, Greta Christina: http://freethoughtblogs.com/greta/2011/12/07/what-does-it-mean-that-god-is-good/

It's much of what we've discussed on here, but I like her writing style.

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Because this sort of thinking renders the entire concept of good and evil meaningless. It says that if God does something, it’s good by definition. Killing your own child; slaughtering people (including children) by the thousands; torturing people to death (famine, drought, tsunami, pediatric cancer, etc.) — all of it is good, by definition, simply because it’s God doing it. Even if it’s something that would be monstrously, irredeemably evil if a person did it.

Therefore, what “good” and “evil” mean for God are entirely disconnected from what “good” and “evil” mean for people. The concepts literally bear no relation to one another.

Which, if you believe that human goodness emanates from God, is entirely incoherent.
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Re: a good bit about god and the claim that god defines good
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2011, 10:31:22 AM »
What an awesome blog! +1 and thanks for sharing the link. It's gone straight into my favorites folder.
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Re: a good bit about god and the claim that god defines good
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2011, 10:32:38 AM »
 God has a plan if he has to kill the humans 5X over it's part of the plan....... :angel:
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Re: a good bit about god and the claim that god defines good
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2011, 03:59:20 PM »
from one of my favorite bloggers, Greta Christina.

I've enjoyed her blog too.  And she's authored some interesting books as well *blush*
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