The question I posed was this -
"Suppose someone who shared the Pagan path informed you that their god or tradition compelled them to take an action you considered highly immoral. What sort of issues would you bring up if you chose to respond?"
What shocked me was despite the groups apparent heterodoxy the responses were virtually identical.
1) Everyone told me they would certainly bring up their objections and not sit by in moral relativism.
2) The moral law, whatever its nature (different people gave different sources for morality from Altruism to Common Sense, to Self Interest), is above and beyond the gods. The gods are not the ultimate moral authority but struggle with moral questions as well. One pagan pointed out he does not Pray to god but merely Talks to him. To quote Frances Schaeffer, the Pagan gods are amplified humanity, not Divinity.
3) Gods and traditions are always questioned. If Aeries tells you to break someone's legs, question and attack that instruction the same way you would any human. The god may budge.
4) If the God persists you had the right to say no. They do not control the after life nor do they control you.
5) If you did the deed anyway it is still your responsibility. Because all paths and gods are real you are responsible for choosing that path and god as well as not changing the path you're on.
They believed every human being discovers morality for themselves and no god or path can act as a shield for your conscience or responsibility.
I. Love. Pagans.
Edited by Joel Mac Donald, 01 May 2011 - 05:15 AM.