We recently heard in an adult Bible class a debate between a Christian and an Atheist. The Atheist said there was no objective moral truth in the world. All that mattered was the motive and overall good that was achieved. The Atheist said that even rape of women was acceptable if it acheived a greater good, if doing so saved many people. I wonder what the Atheist would say to the Judges comments in the recent Madoff case, after he stole billions of dollars from investors?
“Mr Madoff’s attorney Ira Sorkin had asked for a 12 year sentence and the probation service had recommended 50 years. But Judge Denny Chin opted for the statutory maximum for the 11 charges to which Mr Madoff pleaded guilty. Noting that he had not received a single letter in support of Mr Madoff, Judge Chin said: “Mr Madoff’s crimes were extraordinarily evil … Not merely a bloodless financial crime … [but] one that takes a staggering human toll.” I wonder if he would say that was an objective moreal wrong? (“Madoff sentenced to 150 years in prison”. Financial Times of London. Accessed on June 30, 2009. Accessed HERE.