Whenever Christians ask you where you get your morals from, remind them...

Whenever Christians ask you where you get your morals from, remind them that ancient Egypt had laws thousands of years before the Old Testament was written. Check it out here.

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I don't usually use the Egyptians for the morality argument; but instead use them to refute that the 10 commandments are not original. Since many religious people think that all morals are based on the Bible, and specifically the 10 commandments, I suppose this could in-turn be used in morality arguments.

Check out the 42 negative confessions from the Egyptian Book of the Deak (or Google them), and compare them to the 10 commandments (or better yet, get a theist to compare them). You can pick-out everyone of the 10 commandments out of the 42 negative confessions.

If you can get a theist to concede that the Egyptians did it first, be sure to push that they they had more core laws; and that their laws were far better universal laws, especially compared to some of the crazy obscure things you can find in the Bible.
Dangit, Nelson, I was going to bring up Hammurabi's Code. :D

Hammurabi's Code is a good example of how laws can be successfully based on things other than biblical dictates.
I think Nelson might be a god; he knows something about everything.

:P

Thanks for the extra knowledge. I do like the idea of citing the Book of the Dead for those still, but will keep in mind that it may not be as strong of an argument as I once thought.
>I think Nelson might be a god; he knows something about everything.

Hah! I've had similar thoughts about him.
He also seems to be omni-present, at least on TA. :D
Agreed.
I wish I could work from home. I just manage to sneak in a peek at the site now and again from work.
Same here Dave. Except lately I've had time to sneak all kinds of peeks.
The last day or two have been good for peeking, true.

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