Western Civilization is Based on Judeo-Christian Values – Debunked



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References:

1). The Kavernacle – America and the West were NOT founded on Judaeo-Christian ideals:

2). Theramin Trees – Appropriating Morality:

3). Ben Shapiro – Culture and Values:

4). Steven Crowder – Does Christianity Form Western Morality:

5). Dennis Prager – If There Is No God, Murder Isn’t Wrong:

6). Jordan Peterson – The Basis of Western Civilisation:

7). Milo Yiannopoulos – Joes Rogan:

8). Rick Santorum – American Values are Judaeo-Christian values:

9). Jana Hoofman – Christianity Built Western Civilisation:

10). Jordan Peterson – Lafayette Q&A:

11). Sumerian Code of Ur-Nammu (2100BC):

12). Babylonian Code of Hammurabi (1750BC):

13). Britain Abolishes Slavery (1833):

14). Animal Morality:

15). History of free speech:

16). First country to enact Free Speech:

17). Athenian Lawgiver Solon grants freedom to slaves (500BC):

18). Cleisthenes’ Athenian Democratic Reforms:

19). The Age of Enlightenment and Democratic Proliferation:

20). History of Easter:

21). History of Christmas:

As always, thank you kindly for the view, and I hope this helps you deflate those who assert that Western Civilisation is Based on Judaeo-Christian Values.

One of the most prominent and pernicious claims
that theists (and indeed some atheists) are currently making is that “Western civilisation
is based on Judaeo-Christian values: “The values that resonate most with human beings
are eternal; not changeable, and not relativistic. They’re universal, not group specific. And most of all, they apply to individual
human beings, not group labels. And those values were first embedded clearly
and precisely in the Ten Commandments”, “Our moral values (certainly in Western
Culture) come from Christianity”; “Judaeo-Christian values are predicated on the existence of
a god of morality […] the entire Western world (what we call Western civilisation)
is based on this understanding”; “To make a rational argument you have to start with
an initial proposition. Well, the proposition that underlies Western
culture is that there’s a transcendent morality”; “European and American culture (which is
based on Judaeo-Christian values) is better than other cultures – I think it’s uncontroversial
to say so”; “That was the basic foundation of America. It was a Judaeo-Christian ethic, it was a
Judaeo-Christian reasoning”; “The Catholic church built Western civilization”; “Western
Civilization at large was build on Christianity – that's a fact!” And yet, this claim is absolute nonsense…
and what’s worse, it’s often not even an argument… it’s just an assertion – a
statement, that straight-out ignores history and science. This is “Western Civilization is Based on
Judaeo-Christian Values – Debunked”. Now it tends to be quite easy to take on this
claim, because, as just said, that’s all it often is… a claim – and so refuting
it tends to merely require a swift motion from Hitchen’s razor: “That which can
be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.” But in the few cases in which an argument
is actually given it tends to be in reference to morality, which in effect is the assertion
that “Western morality is based on the assumption that the Abrahamic god exists.” “Most people in this room act out a Judaeo-Christian
ethic”; “Judaeo-Christian values are predicated on the existence of a god of morality […] the
entire Western world (what we call Western civilisation) is based on this understanding”;
“Our moral values (certainly in Western Culture) come from Christianity”; “I’m
arguing that the ethic that drives our culture is predicated on the existence of god.” Now the first thing to be said about most
of those who make this assertion is that they’re utterly ignoring history before Judaism, and
in so doing they’re just expecting us to assume that before its inception people somehow
didn’t know that it’s wrong to kill, exploit and steal; that before the Ten Commandments
life was nasty, brutish and short… but this simply isn’t true. Evidence shows that official laws against
murder and theft date back at least 4,400 years to Lagash, Mesopotamia (which, of course,
is 600 years before the birth of Judaism); and that official laws abolishing slavery
only date back 200 years (which, of course, is 3,600 years after Judaism)… but since
these facts don’t fit the Judaeo-Christian narrative let’s just ignore them, right? I mean, it’s not like Abrahamic religion
hasn’t ignored (and still ignores) facts that contradict it, is it? “Those values were first embedded clearly
and precisely in the Ten Commandments.” “Facts don’t care about your feelings.” Or to put this all another way, most of those
who make this assertion just expect us to believe that an evolved social species somehow
didn’t evolve social norms. That despite all of the evidence telling us
otherwise (such as the fact that wolves, elephants, chimpanzees, rats, bats and whales have all
have been proven to exhibit moral behaviour), humans for some reason required divine intervention. You know, I think it’s worth me doubling
down here, because for whatever reason many seem to have a hard time understanding how
human morality could’ve emerged naturally, when it’s really quite simple. We are sentient beings that have evolved the
capacity to feel pain and the desire to avoid it, and our recognition that the best way
to achieve this is by cooperating and establishing rules is morality. It’s that simple. Morality isn’t this mysterious, unfathomable
thing; the religious just need to be, because, to paraphrase the founding father and second
U.S president John Adams, mystery is a convenient excuse for absurdity. Anyhow, with the question of “where do moral
values come from” answered, I’m convinced that the best way to succinctly address the
primary assertion is to first identify Western values, and to then trace back when, where
and why they emerged. And so, let’s start with freedom of speech
– the very bedrock of a free society, and the right that allows us to enact and defend
all other rights – is this Western value of Judaeo-Christian origin? No. Both the Old and New Testament proclaim strict
limitation on free speech (through primarily blasphemy laws), and until very recently Jewish
and Christian governments declared exactly the same. Hell, the Inquisition was the antithesis of
free speech, as they literally incinerated anyone who didn’t share their barbaric,
un-enlightened beliefs. Anyhow, so far as evidence indicates the principle
of freedom of speech and expression dates back 2,500 years to ancient Athens and the
early Roman Republic, but true freedom of speech didn’t emerge until the early Enlightenment,
1689, with first The British Bill of Rights, and shortly after The French Revolution (3,500
after Judaism and 1,700 years after Christianity). Moving on, what about liberty? You know, the abolition of slavery… and
with it the pursuit of happiness? Did this value (that so characterises the
West) come from Judaism or Christianity? Again, no. The Old and New Testament both explicitly
endorse slavery, and in fact provide rules and regulation for several categories of slaves;
regulations that both Jews and Christians enacted and upheld during the vast majority
of their time in power. The truth of the matter is that the principle
of liberty dates back, again, 2,500 to Athens, when the lawgiver Solon abolished debt slavery
and freed all Athenian citizens who had formally been enslaved. But true abolition of slavery didn’t occur
until the 19th century (3,600 years after Judaism, and 1,800 years after Christianity). Now some, such as Theo Hobson, would argue
that since Christianity dominated the West during the this time, the abolition of slavery
was (and still is) rooted in Judaeo-Christian values, but this is as fallacious as asserting
that since animal rights first emerged in Hindu culture, therefore animal rights was
(and still is) rooted in Hindu values; it’s a type of False Cause Fallacy. Okay, well, what about democracy? The ability to elect, and more importantly
remove, our leaders? Surely, the West inherited this moral from
Judaeo-Christian values, right? Again, no – absolutely not. Both the Old and New Testament explicitly
endorse theocracy (which is a system of government in which one or more people rule in the name
of a god or gods), and, surprise, surprise, throughout history Judaism and Christianity
have enforced such a government. For example, in Medieval Europe (in which
“Judaeo-Christian” values absolutely dominated) the monarch could do whatever he wanted to
whoever he wanted without justification, because he had the Divine Right of Kings. The principle of democracy can be traced back,
again, 2,500 years to Athens, when Cleisthenes reformed their constitution so that randomly
selected citizens could assume administrative and judicial offices. However, it wasn’t perfect, as “citizenship”
excluded women, slaves, foreigners, non-landowners, and men under the age of 20. Unfortunately, as just mentioned, the principle
was buried during Medieval Europe, but it saw a significant resurgence in the 18th century
due to Enlightenment values, and true democracy (as in all citizens who’re mentally capable
above the age of eighteen being able to vote) was finally established in the 20th century
(3,700 years after Judaism and 1,900 years after Christianity). And while we’re on the topic of suffrage,
what about equality in general? You know, equal opportunity for all ethnicities,
all sexes, all classes, all ages, and all sexual preferences? Was this beacon of freedom and equality a
gift from Judaism or Christianity? Again, no. Judaeo-Christian edicts fervently oppose such
equality, demanding the subordination of women, the execution of homosexuals, and, as already
mentioned, the endorsement of slavery, and the execution of blasphemers – and so, again,
it’s no surprise that Medieval Europe embodied precisely just that. Now I could go on by tracing back the foundation
of all Western values and practices, such as Easter and Christmas (which are both pagan
festivals that have been appropriated by Christianity), but I think I've more than made my point. Western civilisation did not emerge from Judaeo-Christian
values; it emerged despite them. Western civilisation was conceived in ancient
Athens, and it most flourished during the Age of Enlightenment in direct opposition
to Judaeo-Christian values. Now don’t get me wrong, I appreciate and
acknowledge that many Jews and Christians played a significant role in shaping Western
morality, but they didn’t do so because of Judaeo-Christian values, they did so because
of their own, evolved moral conscious, which they then projected onto their religion. And that’s why, not surprisingly, “absolute”
divine laws are forever changing… Now just before I wrap up (and on a completely
different note), I’ve got a question for you all – would you possibly be interested
in a card game in which the purpose is to debunk theistic arguments by playing the right
fallacies, all while preventing your opponent from doing the same by playing action cards
such as “That’s just a theory”? If so, please let me know, because I have
a great game mechanic in mind, an awesome art direction, and I’d simply love to kickstart
the project… but first, I need to know if you’d be interested. Anyhow, as always, thank you kindly for the
view, and an extra special thank you to my wonderful patrons and those of you who’ve
donated via PayPal. Your support is what allows me to adequately
address claims such as this one, and so you have my sincere gratitude. Until next time my fellow apes, until next
time!