Is Humanist Ethics superior to Religious Ethics?

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Initial post: Apr 3, 2010 7:17:16 AM PDT
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AJ says:
In "The Code for Global Ethics", the Ten Humanist Commandments are:
1- Proclaim the natural dignity and inherent worth of all human beings.
2- Respect the life and property of others..
3- Be tolerant of others' beliefs and lifestyles.
4- Share with those who are less fortunate and assist those who are in need of help.
5- Do not dominate through lies or otherwise.
6-:Rely on reason, logic and science to understand the Universe and to solve life's problems..
7- Conserve and improve the earth's natural environment.
8- Resolve differences and conflicts without resorting to war or violence.
9- Rely on political and economic democracy to organize human affairs.
10- Develop one's intelligence and talents through education and effort..

These can be compared to MOSES' TEN COMMANDMENTS:
(Exodus 20: 1-17, approx. 1200 B.C.)
1-You shall have no other gods before me.
2-You shall not make for yourself an idol.
3-You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God.
4-Remember the Sabbath, and keep it holy.
5-Honor your father and your mother.
6-You shall not kill.
7-You shall not commit adultery.
8-You shall not steal.
9-You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10-You shall not covet your neighbor's wife [neighbor's house, etc.]

The late George Carlin introduced his "Two Commandments," a revised "pocket-sized" list of Moses' Ten Commandments ending with the additional commandment of "Thou shalt keep thy religion to thyself." []

I wonder how he would compare his two commandments to the Humanist Commandments!

Posted on Apr 3, 2010 6:54:44 PM PDT
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A Reader says:

Here is what Dr. Rodrigue Tremblay, author of "The Code for Global Ethics" wrote []:
"The first four of Moses' commandments are not about human morality at all, but are the foundations for a monotheist cult or religion [no other gods but me; no idol; no use of the name of your God; observe the Sabbath.]
Regarding human morality, there are three commandments that are found in all moral codes:[do not kill; do not steal; do not lie.]
So, we are left with only three commandments that are somewhat original: [One about sex (adultery), one about envy and one about respect for your parents.]
As you can see, there is not much there.
Nothing about the equality and dignity of all human beings. Nothing about tolerance. Nothing about human empathy. Nothing really about sharing. Nothing about domination. Nothing about superstition. Nothing about respect for the environment. Nothing about wars. Nothing about democracy. Nothing about the proper education of children."

This is pretty much what George Carlin said in his classic put-down of the Jewish/Christian 10 Commandments.

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 6:53:09 AM PDT
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"Bernie W." says:
Bertrand Russell once said: (

1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
3. Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.
4. When you meet with opposition... endeavour to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do, the opinions will suppress you.
7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every "opinion" now accepted was once eccentric.
8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the later.
9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool's paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.

Posted on Apr 7, 2010 8:57:04 AM PDT
Socrate says:
The Code for Global Ethics: Ten Humanist Principles

Many of our modern problems (overpopulation, pollution and climate change, new colonial wars of aggression, the rejection of international law, widespread corruption, increased inequalities, ...ect.) are global in nature. Why not have a global universal code of conduct? I approve.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 6:03:49 AM PDT
M. Marshall says:
The Code for Global Ethics: Ten Humanist Principles

I think that humans are naturally moral. They must be to survive in society and live a happy life. Personal happiness must be reconciled with everybody else's happiness. This requires empathy and ethical rules. Humanism presents such rules.

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 6:57:17 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 21, 2012 6:58:25 PM PDT
P-P. P. says:
The Code for Global Ethics: Ten Humanist Principles

Yes. A better world is possible. We only have to try. Humans can be good or they can be evil. We need moral safeguards. Humanist ethics is probably the best bet.

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 9:25:55 AM PDT
"Bernie W." says:
Problem Solved

(Emmanuel) Kant said that to have a practical moral code, you need the authority of a God, even though nobody can prove that such a god ever existed. Walton Lippmann said that our impulses are always changing and that the moral problems is utterly insoluble. For him, we cannot have a fixed code of conduct that is not fixed by custom and authority.
I believe that Dr. Tremblay has solved this dilemma. He has found a common ground on which a universal humanist code of ethics can be established and applied. Indeed, universal hmanist ethics is increasingly becoming the accepted custom of humanity. As to authority, there is no need for churches and non-existent supernatural beings. What is needed is proper education and the authority of democratic law. Problem solved.
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