Originally Posted by packsaddle
it all depends on what you consider ethical.
for christians, ethics are rooted in the holy bible.
for atheists, ethics are just a construct of an evolved human brain, the chance product of random particles bouncing around haphazardly in a purposeless environment.
one is eternal, unchanging, necessary, universal, and certain.
the other is relative, subject to revision based on society's whims.
for example, christians will always believe it is wrong to kill a 5 year old with downs syndrome.
What if God orders that the child die? Along with his parents, all other relatives and a collection of neighbors, is it still wrong in that instance? What if the child insults his parents?
"Pain, or damage, don't end the world. Or despair. Or beatin's. The world ends when you're dead. Until then, you've got more punishment in store. Stand it like a man, and give some back."