new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

the abraham test

by daylight atheism on the big think


if your answer is that you'd never commit an act of unprovoked violence against another human being, no matter who told you to do it, then congratulations! you're a better person than the character of abraham and possess a more developed moral sense than the author of that story, and you ought to be applauded for that. it's that kind of rational, humanistic morality that's led humanity out of the dark ages of bloodshed and tribal warfare fossilized in the pages of the bible.

if your answer is that you'd reject that command because you're certain that the god you believe in would never order such a thing, and any such order would have to be a hallucination or a misunderstanding, then you also deserve accolades - though a bit more cautious and tentative in this case. from an atheist's perspective, it's worrying to find someone who abstains from violence not because they recognize the intrinsic badness of violence, but merely because they believe it's not the method god finds most convenient to achieve his goals. honestly, this answer is a dodge. it ducks the hypothetical posed in the question: if god appeared before you in all his glory, and ifhe gave you a clear, explicit and unmistakable command to go stone an adulterous woman or strap on a suicide vest - how would you respond? that dilemma is the core of the abraham test.


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