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Taking God for a Ride

The new anti-God ad campaign.

Published: November 15, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 23

(23) Anonymous, February 2, 2009 4:58 PM

Good without God

If there is any doubt that atheism, especially when intertwined with the religion of evolution, had anything to do with the holocaust, I recommend Ben Stein's recent documentary "Expelled" as a starting point and further study from there. As for whether or not someone can actually be "good" without God, perhaps the question should first be posed "What IS good?" What standard do we base that on? If "good" is simply "up lifting" or "positive" then you must take that to it's logical conclusion and say that "bad" is to criticize or to "tear down" to behave "negative" but those terms are ambiguous. For instance, if I "up lift" the act of murder - that is still "bad" not "good" - but why do I know that. Because I believe that to commit murder is wrong according to the law. What law? Is it okay to murder in a country where there is no government? Of course not! So then, what law? The law of G-d of course. That is my standard of "good" and "bad" "right and wrong" - you may say that this is extreme, but I assure you it is not. To "be good for goodness sake" will ultimately lead many to such logical conclusions in their behavior, and has.

(22) ilan, November 23, 2008 11:44 AM

holocaust and atheism?

i want to add that the mention of the holocaust was a cheap shot and rather distasteful. one should only use such a heavy-duty example when one is sure it is appropriate, and only if one is ready to make the analogy clear. otherwise, in this case, one dishonors the memory of the victims. it is simply nonsense that the holocaust had anything to do with atheism. furthermore, the examples of murder for the sake of religion outnumbers (is at the very least equal to) examples of murder caused by atheism - jews should know!!

(21) Phil, November 23, 2008 10:33 AM

To Chaya, from #14

Unless I'm mistaken, I think that the word "God" is a derivative of "Good," not the other way around. (I do not state this to make a point.)

(20) Grace Fishenfeld, November 22, 2008 3:43 PM

Good exists, thank God!

There is othing wrong with being good for the sake ofbeing good. One need not be good because of fear or that there is a pay off for good deeds in any way. I don't believe that God is transactional. We do not make deals with God. If we learn anything by keeping God in our hearts and minds, we learn that being caring of our neighbor is what is good. Good is up lifting and yes, we are awakened of this from Jewish learning.The concept of God as the creator who handed to mankind the responsibility for making the word flurish should not conflict with Humanism. The Humanists are wasting a lot of money on waring against the idea of God. I would like them to move along next to those who trust in monotheism. Let them do good deeds, for the sake of doing good deeds. They need not be disrespectful. Humanists can define themselves by acts that are benificial to the human spirit. Attacks on God is not a worthy mission. I suggest a fight against mean spiritedness, crualty and greed. $40,ooo would be well spent on a war against poverty.

(19) Max Green, November 22, 2008 12:40 PM

The Definition of Good

Dear Rabbi: G-d (or whatever anybody wants to call it) created humankind to protect and nurture all life on earth. If everyone stuck to that simple rule, we'd have heaven on earth. Of course we'd be without most of what we have now. But we'd never run out of what we need - food, water, shelter and godness.

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