Christianity, Judaism, And Islam

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Whether or not one believes in a God or in many gods there is an important ethical question raised by their possible existence. Should we fulfill their role and play God; manipulate the genes of other creatures to make them better and make decisions for others under the premise that we know better than them. These are some of the questions that philosophers have argued for centuries. The famous Prussian/German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche believed we have a moral obligation to become God because we have “Killed God” as he stated in his book “The Gay Science”. More modern philosophers, such as Julian Savulescu, believe that we should play God because humans should be the best that they possibly can. The idea of a God is the central…show more content…
Whether it’s an empire discovering an indigenous people and seeing them as uncivilized, in need of converting to “the right path” or a relative making a medical choice for an incapacitated family member. There may be good intentions behind the actions but does that make them ethical? Using an example from a video game called Mass effect 2, I will attempt to answer the question of whether we should “play God”. The idea of God and his role and powers differs from religion to religion. In monotheistic religions such as Christianity, Judaism and Islam God is the all-powerful creator of everything and we are all judged in the afterlife. God speaks to us through prophets and his teachings are handed down in different texts that are revered as “Holy”. Polytheistic religions, on the other hand, have multiple gods who assume different roles and responsibilities. Hinduism has three major gods: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. They are referred to as the holy trinity and each of them plays a important part in the world. Brahma is the creator responsible for creating the universe, Vishnu exists to preserve the universe that was created, and Shiva is the destroyer. Although religions may have one or many, often their God or gods will be similar in function with the power to create or destroy; to preserve or to change the world and its people. Over the years philosophers have challenged
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