Date: 2017-06-10 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mabus
This isn't a direct response, but some thoughts on the subject.

Christianity's moral and ethical parameters are initially delivered to the poorer memmbers of a powerless conquered people on the edge of a great empire. But the religion spread until the Emperor himself espoused it. Nothing explicitly said what to do about rebellious provinces or hostile border powers or his duties to his subjects. The religious authorities hashed something out in response to the new challenges. Some of it worked. Some of it didn't. Some of what worked, we now believe was horrifically immoral anyway.

Christianity, in short, has a persistent problem when it comes to how the powerful should act. Effective responses, and responses we at least intuitively expect to be effective, are frequently considered immoral.

How do we adequately judge how an omnipotent being should behave? I don't say this merely to justify, but to actively raise the question. How much evil are we allowed to do that good may come?
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