Thursday, July 21, 2005

Conversations with Angie: Angie suggests cultural relativism


Let me say first that I really enjoyed reading this email. It was
very clear and well written. I think you could gather all the emails
you've been sending me and edit them into a very good book.

The arguments that you made were very good, too. They're very
logical. Intellectually, at least, I can see now that the problem of
evil is not a convincing objection to the existence of God. But I
can't really see that the existence of evil is necessarily a proof of
God's existence.

I guess it comes down to the claim that good and evil have to be
objective. Maybe they do NOT have to be objective. Can't it just be
true that humans created the moral systems as their societies
developed, and that they are still legitimate and valid? Most people
groups have created codes forbidding stealing and violence, etc., and
specifying punishments for transgressors. Fundamentally, the codes
are the same for most of the world's people groups (as far as which
behaviors are acceptable and which ones are not - the punishments
obviously vary more).

You mentioned before that you had some arguments for the existence of
God. Maybe now is a good time to go over them?


Conversations with Angie:  Reading recommendations


At 7/22/2005 12:39 AM , Blogger Safiyyah said...

I wish there was a way for you to post these pieces in a more easy-to-read format, because they're very good.
I'm still waiting for that book to come out, Sam.

At 7/22/2005 2:04 AM , Blogger ephphatha said...

Thanks, Safiyyah. By "easy to read format," do you mean a book or something? Or is there something about my blog format that you don't like?


At 7/22/2005 4:51 PM , Blogger Safiyyah said...

Nothing about *your* blog format, Sam, but in general I find the concept of the blog constraining in some ways. It's too journal-like, and each post appears in a descending order. Hard to follow if you're doing an extended series.

At 7/24/2005 11:53 AM , Blogger ephphatha said...

Oh yeah, I agree with you Safiyyah.


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