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Introduction Does God stand above morality, defining for us what is moral and what is immoral in accordance with His will?
Or is morality a characteristic that exists independent of what God wills to be moral or immoral?
For at least 25 centuries, these two related questions, or variations thereon, have troubled those of us who think deeply about philosophical matters.
Frankly, there has not at least, not until recently been any really satisfactory answer to the issues raised by these questions. This essay is an attempt Confronting crimes against humanity essay explore this issue, which is quite relevant to the debate between atheism and theism, even though it tends to get short shrift in most debates between atheists and theists.
What I will present herein is known technically in philosophical circles as the Moral Argument Against God. The essential belief of those who believe in the Judeo-Christian God [ 3 ] is that God created the universe and all that is within it.
Thus, in the minds of believers, their God's creation includes any human abilities to recognize anything resembling a moral value. So, from a believer's perspective, we do not and, by the nature of being part of God's creation, cannot legitimately call any acts of God "immoral. But it is increasingly apparent that our human sense of morality is inconsistent with belief in the Judeo-Christian God and the consequent truth of the above paragraph.
Thus, some atheists try to formulate a Moral Argument Against God as part of a proof of atheism. The existence of any such principles defeats the whole concept of moral relativism as a possible primary moral rule because there is nothing for these overarching moral rules to be relative to.
They must, then, come out of an objective moral foundation that is, unfortunately, not well understood. My approach to the Moral Argument Against God will be to attempt to summarize a fictional trial of God on charges of crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
In proceeding along these lines, I will take a slightly different approach than does Professor Raymond D. Bradley in his essay A Moral Argument for Atheism. The Facts of God's Acts In my capacity as the prosecutor of God, I will stipulate for the purposes of this trial that several of the books of the Holy Bible are the inerrant or at the very least, the "authoritative" Word of God.
The books I cite for factual support herein are quoted from in the text contained within Appendix A to this document. Those books I use to indict God herein are: I'm certain that other atrocities commanded or committed by God are documented in certain other books of the Bible, but I choose to limit my indictment to those few books simply for the case of brevity, and for the additional reason of not expanding my indictment into any book that might be claimed to be non-historical in nature.
Most believers in God believe that the whole of the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, and that the "historical" books of the Holy Bible recount the actual, literal, and truthful history of the early Jews, and for any such believers to deny my stipulation to those books I wish to cite from would be nearly tantamount to a renunciation of their beliefs.
Thus, the essential argument I am advancing herein is that if the books that I've selected from the Holy Bible present a true picture of the God of our universe, that God is not only unworthy of worship by humans, but should instead be opposed, on moral grounds, by every member of humanity.
Consequently, we will for the sake of this argument take as true each and every fact that is stated in my selected "historical" books of the Holy Bible.
Since trials are, first and foremost, about what facts are true or not true, I avoid a great deal of argument by simply stipulating to those selected books from the Holy Biblewhich the believers cannot legitimately deny, as presenting the complete truth about God and His acts.
Once the facts are stipulated, the attorneys and the judge may then proceed to argue and decide respectively the issue presented in the trial as a matter of law. The remainder of this section, plus the whole of the next two sections of this essay, constitutes my legal argument in favor of the proposition that the Judeo-Christian God is a criminal, and that you readers out there, who are the members of the jury empaneled to try this case against God, ought to therefore find God guilty of crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
I am indebted to Donald Morgan for his essay, Bible Atrocitieswhich summarizes many of the most egregious of the so-called Acts of God from the Holy Bible. I will select a few of those atrocities as the basis of my indictment of God.
These stipulated facts are contained in Appendix A to this document.Rwanda and Sierra Leone: Confronting Crimes Against Humanity.
In the glorious accounts of history books before the Cold War, information about wars and tragedies was often relayed vaguely and subjectively as tradition only . My approach to the Moral Argument Against God will be to attempt to summarize a fictional trial of God on charges of crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
In proceeding along these lines, I will take a slightly different approach than does Professor Raymond D. Bradley in his essay A Moral Argument for Atheism. Abstract. There is no issue that garners as much global consensus such as preventing genocides and crimes against humanity.
Genocide is no doubt the most extreme form of crime against humanity yet international response to such kind of phenomena has proven to inefficient with a number barriers that seem to have undermined prevention efforts. SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS NATIONAL Peace ESSAY CONTEST confronting crimes against humanity United StateS inStitUte of Peace CONTENTS Introduction 2.
that any entity, state or individual, that violates human rights by means of genocide, crimes against humanity, and/or war crimes, will be subject to prosecution in the ICC unless involved in proceedings in their respective domestic judicial systems. War Crimes Law Comes of Age: Essays, and: Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know (review) of the challenges confronting the re-cently adopted enforcement mechanisms.
the concept of crimes against humanity. From its original subsumption under.