Divine Law in Flux

Many pious people in various religions are convinced their sacred texts are the word of God, and as such, express universal and unchanging laws. In my experience this has been particularly true of some Christians and many Muslims. I believe this view to be highly dubious. For example, most of these sacred texts accept both human slavery and marital polygamy as moral institutions. Modern societies, at least in the West, universally condemn both human slavery and polygamy as immoral activities. The fact that sacred texts sanction an immoral human behavior such as slavery should surely suffice to establish once and for all that divine edict passed down through scripture is not universal and unchanging. Alternatively, talk about inner wisdom is just another way of discussing the fact that human understanding of morality has evolved over time and continues to do so, as shown by the current controversy over same sex-marriages.



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