ARE YOU A GOOD PERSON?? moral relativism holds only that some people disagree about what is moral  moral relativism holds that because nobody is right or wrong, we ought to tolerate the behavior of others why do we need religion I am a good person and that is enough What is worse to be an atheist or to be an idolater? why do we see good things happen to bad people? who is good ? and What is Bad? Hitler and Stalin both evil people where considered a hero by their followers Some evolutionary biologists believe that morality is a natural phenomenon that evolves by natural selection Permission to Believe, by Rabbi Lawrence Kelemen Search Judaism By rabbi Yitzchok Fingerer Are Humans Animals? Why is murder wrong? “Every time someone is born, or someone dies, humanity changes. Which era, therefore, has the right to establish the ethical principles for all subsequent generations? What gives the people of 500 BCE or 1500 BCE more moral authority than the people of 500 CE or 1500 CE?” “Another common misconception is that education engenders morality. People tend to think of highly educated, intellectual people as models of lofty morality. The Holocaust proved that this is patently false.” psychology professor Stanley Milgram milgram experiment THE DANGER OF RELIGION? Compare Judaism Amalek how do we understand amalek Rabbi Chaim Jachter – in reason to believe “he commandment to destroy Amalek is of strictly limited application. The Brisker Rav is said to have held that the commandment to destroy Amalek is limited to a situation where one receives a specific command to do so from Hashem through a prophet of well-established credibility.” ” He cites the fact that Saul attacked Amalek only after Hashem, through Samuel, specifically ordered him to do so. If the command to destroy Amalek applied in all situations, Hashem would not have specifically ordered Samuel to tell Saul to destroy Amalek. Hashem never issued a command to Samuel to tell Saul to respect his parents or place a mezuza  on his doorpost. This is because these mitzvot apply at all times, whereas the mitzva to destroy Amalek applies only on specific occasions. ” “Kesef Mishne holds that a member of the people of Amalek does not qualify as “Amalek” in regards to the mitzva of elimination if that individual has accepted upon himself the seven Noahide commandments“(hilchot melachim 6:4)” Nahmanides(exodus 17:16) explains that they attacked us with the deliberate intent of battling Hashem and His reputation.  “Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik quotes his father, Rav Moshe Soloveitchik, as saying that Amalek is more a concept than a nation” Maimonides explains further that the command to wipe out Amalek isn’t based on hatred, but on removing Amalek-like behavior from the world unless there is a moral authority that transcends humans from which emanates an objective right and wrong, “right” and “wrong” no more objectively exist than do “beautiful” and “ugly.” Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found that religiously engaged teens are far less likely to use drugs. According to the study: “Teens who attend religious services at least once a week are at significantly lower risk of substance abuse. A Duke University study showed that those who attend religious services once a week are half as likely to have elevated blood levels of interleukin-6, which is associated with some cancers and heart disease. One California study, conducted over twenty-eight years and published in 1997, found that those who attended religious services weekly had a one-third lower death rate. A 1995 Dartmouth Medical School study of 232 patients recovering from open-heart surgery found that none of the thirty-seven patients who described themselves as deeply religious died over the first six months, while 10 percent of the rest did. Those who received strong community support reinforced by strong religious belief were fourteen times as likely to survive as those who had neither. Even when a strong community support structure is kept constant, religious belief appears to have an independent salutary effect. Danish twin study