Thursday, April 12, 2007

Good God?

And the Lord spake unto the philosopher, "I am the Lord thy God, and I am the source of all that is good. Why does thy secular moral philosophy ignore me?'
And the Philosopher spake unto the Lord, 'To Answer I must 1st ask you some quesiton. You Command us to do what is good. But is it good b/c you command it, or do you command it because it is good?'
'Ur,' said the Lord,'It's good because I command it?'
'The wrong answer,surely,your mightness! If the good is only good b/c you say it is so, then yu could, if you wished, make it so that torturing infants was good. Bur that would be absurd,wouldn't it?'
'Of course!' replieth the Lord. 'I tested thee and thou hast made me pleased. What was the other choice again?'
You choose what is good b/c it is good. But that shows quite clearly that goodness does not depend on you at all. So we don't need to study God to study the good.'
'Even so,' spake the Lord,' you've got to admit I've written some pretty good textbooks on the subject...'


So, what are your thoughts?

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