- Jul 2017
- Crows nest
Polytheism and pantheism both have a questionable basis for their ethics. With polytheism, if there are many gods, then which god has the more ultimate standard of ethics for humans to keep? When there are multiple gods, then their ethical systems do not conflict, do conflict, or do not exist. If they do not exist, then ethics are invented and baseless.
The Egyptians, with perhaps more gods than any other culture, had no problems with this presumed conflict between the morals of different gods. Ma'at was their all embracing and overarching "moral code". All were held accountable when their heart was weighed against the feather of Ma'at, all were bound by the "negative confessions" which had one source, Ma'at, and no god was above Ma'at in this or dispensed their own moral code, there was only Ma'at. I'll remind once again, that while the Abrahamic god gave only ten commandments, the Egyptians lived by 82, including the catch all, "I have done no wrong", and other "confessions" in similar vein, like, "I have caused none to cry". Ma'at makes the Abrahamic god look rather dubious as to the depth of their morality.
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