Oh my goodness I love your drawings of Dr. Bob and the Joker! (Didn’t think I’d ever mention those two in the same sentence.)
So far those two panels have been the most fun I’ve had drawing this comic book. I think I’m going to start putting in portraits of everyone I quote as long as I can help it.
Niiiiiiiiiiice one !!!
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Perhaps Judeo-Christian structure played a roll in the development in western culture, but in no way did it play a part in all civilization. I think that you have forgotten about the entire east.
Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Confucianism is what a lot of eastern societies are built around and I’m sure you would consider them civilized. Some of these places were extremely isolated from the western christian word until relatively recently, yet they developed similar moral values of right and wrong.
About your second point, it is ridiculous to say morality could not have evolved because if it had evolved good and evil could one day swap. That’s like saying that it is impossible for 100,000 lbs of steal to fly; which I would say you are correct, but if you form that steal into an airplane…it can fly. Just because it hasn’t happened or it is unpleasing to think about or even inconceivable doesn’t make it impossible.
Yes. Your first point is valid. I’m going to amend the comic to reflect that I was referring specifically to western civilization.
However, your response to morality evolving being akin to an airplane flying is a False analogy.
Steel is not an abstract, immaterial construct. It involves no personality or intellect. That it is made into an airplane is no surprise given that it has been used as a malleable material for thousands of years. So its use in airplanes is consistent with its use throughout history.
Morality is an entirely different beast. There are inherent, base characteristics in humans (which I believe is the Imago Dei) which have manifested into some consistent, and persistent, moral tenets.
As a Christian, I believe the full expression of these universal, transcendent truths, is found in the Bible.
“How would we know what an inch is without first having made a ruler?”
You claimed that Nick provided you with a false analogy, you are also in your own comic guilty of the same.
A ruler is a physical object that was obviously made my man, and the measurement is arbitrary on the truth of the size of an object. The object being measured is that size regardless if it is measured by a ruler in inches, milimeters, centimeters, nanometers, yards, etc… You get my point.
Also to your point that if there was no transcendent universal truth that we would have no ability or basis to judge the ideas and concepts of others. From what evidencial position do you make this claim? For instance if you see that there is a tribe of people that have a cultural tendency to be AFRAID of the color blue, there is obviously no harm, they are just afraid of blue. It may hinder their ability to sail on the ocean or whatnot, but they can survive, and live a full life. However if there is a tribe that KILLS those who wear the color blue because they fear the color, then obviously this is ethically wrong. Why? Because there is a victim, a victim who committed a “crime” that hurts nobody.
For a more culturally relevant example, biblically, men are considered the head of the household, having dominion over their wife and kids, correct? If a child wants to play baseball instead of football, and the father tells him no because I say what sport you play… Is the child not being treated unethically? The child is forbidden from participating in his extracurricular activity of choice for the sake of the father’s selfish interest in another. However the bible allows this unethical behavior. If that is what is considered transcendent truth, count me and most people out, since most humans on this planet today do not get their morality from theological teachings.
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