Reading up on discussions on atheism (the lack of belief in god), I stumbled upon this interesting question, called the Euthyphro dilemma:
Is the pious loved by the gods because it is pious, or is it pious because it is loved by the gods?
Wikipedia “translates” this into something more readable:
Is what is moral commanded by God because it is moral, or is it moral because it is commanded by God?
As a self-confessed atheist, always willing to discuss my lack of belief, I’m often asked “what about moral values?”, a question I think is utterly ridiculous. The idea that killing is only wrong because god says it is, is just—dangerous. Even so, I think citing the essence of the euthyphro dilemma to the inquiring mind might be a good way to deal with things.