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The Question (ID Number 165)...

    According to our Taker mythology one of the most important values is the belief in "right" and "wrong" which is dependent upon positing a single God's existence. If there is no God then there can be no "objective" good and evil or right and wrong. From murder is wrong, infanticide is wrong, stealing is wrong all the way down to gossiping is wrong if it can hurt someone, these are ideas that were taught starting with Judaism. Was this idea (Ethical Monotheism) that Judaism brought to the world not a positive thing for the world?

    ...and the response:

    The belief in right and wrong is NOT dependent on positing a single God's existence. Ethics, the study of the general nature of morals and of the specific moral choices to be made by a person, is a category of philosophy entirely independent of any religion.


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