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The Bible transcends and endures because it is not only a holy book but because it defines human morality, good and evil, for all time.

Public intellectuals like Jordan Peterson and popular YouTube personalities like Ben Shapiro make much of the crucial role played by Judeo-Christian heritage in making human society of the 21st century a moral, coherent, evolving whole. The bible is cited as a divine authority for this very reason: that it codifies good and evil, right and wrong, for all time and thus gives human beings a higher authority on which to base their conscience and a clear standard against which to judge their actions. Without this essential holy book (and its children like the Qu’ran) we wouldn’t know right from wrong except as arbitrary, individual preferences.

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  • I think an interesting angle to take on this would be to see how the bible was created within its' context where morals were transferred from carer to child. It transformed the way morals were spread and taught. How the bible as it stands today is almost a snapshot of the morals that where necessary during its time to create a harmonious society. How it uses stories and legends to teach a moral. However I think its also important to look into while parts of the bible were important for the time, with shifting world and political views of today the bible and religion itself isn't the focal point of morality anymore and that it has become more so the internet and political views that dictates what morality is. The creation of the bible was a pivotal point in history of collective learning and progress where ideology brought many humans together. It transcends time /because/ it is a holy book, I would argue though that it is not the pinnacle of human morality, at least not anymore. – AMedina 3 years ago
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  • I was thinking about how subjective the Bible is. I was a former alter boy (Catholic) and had to learn quite-a-bit of Latin, I remember monks and priests talking about "reading into" the Bible--you interpret passages the way you want to. Subjectivity should be part of any essay. – Joseph Cernik 3 years ago
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  • People are not one dimensional, and this is partially due to one's environment, physiological makeup, culture, social groups, etc. Therefore, it is quite difficult to highlight one text as serving as the authoritative moral compass for all of society. There is quite a large amount of ambiguity in the parables, some of which can be explicated in numerous manners dependent on one's subjective perception of thematic issues. Many components play a role in assisting people in learning right from wrong; the bible is not per se the divine authority, but a description of divinity. If you consider other perspectives, this is a valid topic. – danielle577 3 years ago
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  • One thing to add to your topic is the reason the Bible has the authority it has: it's true and inspired. This makes it difficult to include other books like the Qu'ran with the same truth or authority as the Bible. Any contradictions among them discredit all of them. – noahspud 3 years ago
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