Friday, December 31, 2010
Dumb Theistic Argument of the Week
This statement is mind bogglingly ignorant and counterfactual on almost every single level.
1. "God provides laws regulating everything when no laws existed, do you get the point?" Apparently I don't get the point... As a threshold matter, let's dispense with the ludicrous contention that no laws existed. The Mosaic Law was developed somewhere between 700 and 800 BCE. In contrast, the Code of Ur-Nammu was codified somewhere around 2050 BCE, the Laws of Eshunna somewhere around 1930 BCE, Codex of Lipit Ishtar somewhere around 1870 BCE, the Code of Hammurabi somewhere around 1750 BCE. This does not even include other codes of laws extant in the Far East. In other words, far from the Mosaic Law simply coming into being 'when no laws existed,' the Mosaic Law was actually merely a restatement of codified legal codes that had been in existence throughout the Middle East for over a thousand years. Indeed, much of Mosaic Law was copied directly from the Code of Hammurabi.
2. "No laws were there which could say that one action was better than another." Aside from being factually incorrect (see above), this statement makes the specious assumption that morality and the knowledge of right and wrong can be established only through some manner of authority engaging in the labelling process. This directly contradicts the Bible in the sense that in the story of Adam and Eve, Adam and Eve KNEW the difference between good and evil as soon as they ate from the tree of knowledge. This is also a rather strange sentiment given the fact that Yahweh was so pissed off at the alleged wickedness of humanity that he decided to wipe all of them out with the flood. How could Yahweh justify this course of action if, as this theist posits, there were no laws 'which could say that one action was better than another.' This is either a tacit admission that there WERE laws by which one could determine that one action was better than another, or that Yahweh is a psychotic monster who wantonly slaughtered the entire population of Earth because he forgot or didn't bother to tell people that one action was better than another. Of course, setting the Bible aside, it is obvious that morality can and does exist in the absence of or even contrary to written law.