Scientific Ethics and the Scriptures of Abrahamic Faiths

Steve Sklar

This article presents the view that science is sufficient to establish at least the basis of an ethical system through indicating human identity and purpose. We have evolved as our pla net evolves, and we can now understand ourselves as the forefront of that evolution. Science can also be instrumental in shaping goals through morality. We are the most conscious, responsible, and powerful creatures on planet Earth. Our actions modify our world more profoundly than any other living creature ever has. This shapes our task, our place, more clearly and more emphatically than any scripture can.

Our lives have been impacted by science and advanced technologies, yet many of us who are comfortable with this modern technology accept traditions formulated thousands of years ago. We use these traditions to maintain a sense of who we are and to define the meaning of our lives. The scriptures of Abrahamic faiths have many concepts of the world and humankind’s place in it that differ fundamentally from modern scientific findings. Millions, perhaps billions, of us live simultaneously in these two conflicting realms, oblivious to the glaring contradictions between them.

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