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Utilitarianism is a Preferable Moral Foundation Compared to the Bible

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I am a Utilitarian and I believe the system is superior to following The Bible's teachings.

Bible Morality: "Ethics in the Bible refers to the system(s) or theory(ies) produced by the study, interpretation, and evaluation of biblical morals, (including the moral code, standards, principles, behaviors, conscience, values, rules of conduct, or beliefs concerned with good and evil and right and wrong), that are found in the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. " -- Wikipedia

Utilitarianism: "Utilitarianism is a family of normative ethical theories that prescribe actions that maximize happiness and well-being for all affected individuals.[1][2] Although different varieties of utilitarianism admit different characterizations, the basic idea behind all of them is to in some sense maximize utility, which is often defined in terms of well-being or related concepts. For instance, Jeremy Bentham, the founder of utilitarianism, described utility as "that property in any object, whereby it tends to produce benefit, advantage, pleasure, good, or happiness...[or] to prevent the happening of mischief, pain, evil, or unhappiness to the party whose interest is considered."" -- Wikipedia

I will be arguing majorly with John Stuart Mill's framework including improvements upon the basis of Utilitarianism.

Preferable Moral System: The preferred moral system would be more logically sound, have fewer contradictions, etc. This looks at the claims and stories/examples from the system creators and see if they enact the theory correctly.

Burden of proof is shared

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Well it looks like my evaluation of debates like this about the Bible wasn't completely unfounded.

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I accept.

May we find truth together!

To Truth!
-logicae

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The Bible isn't a moral system. It can be the BASIS for a moral system, but it isn't one in of itself. The purpose of the Bible isn't to give an exhaustive moral rulebook, it's to outline the redemptive arc of humanity's history.

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I think I will have to pass. It becomes extremely tedious having to try and focus on the actual topic while people just sling out a bunch of apparent "contradictions" in the Bible. Not saying that's what you would do by any means, nor am I saying that so-called problems in the Bible shouldn't be dealt with. I just feel like debates about the Bible end up turning into a bunch of mini debates about definitions and theology that don't allow the actual debate topic to be dealt with meaningfully.

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Interested?