Have you watched The Trouble with Atheism
? If so, any comments? The documentary mentions the communist killings. I think it is misguided to equate communism with atheism or humanism. It also talks about how Francis Galton derived eugenics from Darwin's theory of evolution. Then the Nazis turned eugenics into genocide. I don't think we can derive ethical principles from nature because nature is red in tooth and claw. I think the 1948 declaration of Human Rights is good but these rights have not been implemented worldwide.
The documentary ends with an agnostic stance: "There may be a God, there may not be a God, why can't we leave it at that?" Of course, religions don't stand on an agnostic stance, they all have their own dogmatic beliefs e.g. Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." - John 14:6, The Bible (NIV).
The documentary called Richard Dawkins' Ten Commandments 'wishy-washy' but I think they are pretty good. What do you think?
The alternative to the Ten Commandments cited by Richard Dawkins in 'The God Delusion':
1. Do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you.
2. In all things, strive to cause no harm.
3. Treat your fellow human beings, your fellow living things, and the world in general with love, honesty, faithfulness and respect.
4. Do not overlook evil or shrink from administering justice, but always be ready to forgive wrongdoing freely admitted and honestly regretted.
5. Live life with a sense of joy and wonder.
6. Always seek to be learning something new.
7. Test all things; always check your ideas against the facts, and be ready to discard even a cherished belief if it does not conform to them.
8. Never seek to censor or cut yourself off from dissent; always respect the right of others to disagree with you.
9. Form independent opinions on the basis of your own reason and experience; do not allow yourself to be led blindly by others.
10. Question everything.