No God? No moral­ity

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Your Aug. 7 ed­i­to­rial dis­cusses the ba­nal­ity of ur­ban mur­der, a sign of our sec­u­lar­ist times (“‘No­body kill any­body,’ but ‘no­body’ lis­tened,” Web). Re­gard­ing the epi­demic of big-city vi­o­lence, ref­er­ence was made to the solem­nity of the bib­li­cal Sixth Com­mand­ment, “Thou shall not kill,” but the re­al­ity is that the other nine com­mand­ments are like­wise hon­ored mostly in the breach, in Bal­ti­more and else­where. On the streets, life is cheap.

In the 19th cen­tury, athe­ist philoso­pher Friedrich Ni­et­zsche shouted the ob­vi­ous: There is no ba­sis for bib­li­cal moral­ity where there is no be­lief in the God of the Bi­ble. The for­mer pre­sup­poses the lat­ter. Cen­turies ear­lier, Shake­speare per­ceived the moral con­se­quences of a god­less cul­ture when he put the fol­low­ing words into the mouth of a mur­der­ous Mac­beth: “Out, out, brief can­dle! Life’s but a walk­ing shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more. It is a tale told by an id­iot, full of sound and fury, sig­ni­fy­ing noth­ing.”

GREGORY L. LEWIS Bal­ti­more

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