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(Last Updated: 24 Aug 2000 )
My article was in response to a newsgroup posting about the nasty, evil consequences of religion. My intention was to defend Christianity by pointing out that:
(a) Christians who have done evil in the
name of their religion have been acting directly against the teachings
of that religion; and
(b) there are forms of atheism, such as much of the philosophy espoused by Frederick Nietzsche, which positively encourage a "might makes right" approach to life. When this sort of philosophy has been put into practice in history, we have seen great misery as the result.
The point of my article then is that the difference between the evil caused by misguided Christians, and that of misguided atheists, is that the former are working against the philosophy they are supposed to hold, while it is very hard to argue the same for atheists.
I should emphasize that I am not arguing that this means that atheists are evil, or that they cannot tell the difference between right or wrong, or anything like that. It is simply that it seems to me that without acknowledging a moral law-giver, it becomes difficult to objectively criticize something as an unjustifiable evil.
With that said, feel free to read
the article itself.
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