Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Take your pick

Today Dennis Prager begins a series of columns in which he intends to make the case for Judeo-Christian Values. He basically just outlines his plan in this first installment, but I'll look forward to seeing where he goes from here:

There is an epic battle taking place in the world over what value system humanity will embrace. There are essentially three competitors: European secularism, American Judeo-Christianity and Islam.

On "secular values":

. . . values based on God and the Bible have been replaced by secular values. The result was predicted by the British thinker G.K. Chesterton at the turn of the 20th century: "When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing -- they believe in anything."

I'd like to see the basis for these "secular values." It seems to me that in order to make one's value system worth anything at all, it must be based on something absolute. Otherwise, each individual's value system is different, right and wrong become obsolete notions, and either tyranny or anarchy ensues.