I was having a highly spirited debate with one of my best friends about religion. He is an avowed atheist. When I brought up the subject of morality, he countered me with an interesting argument that I haven't been able to shake or respond to effectively, and it's been bugging me. When I asked him about evil, he said that evil is relative to each culture and morals are culturally relative and are nothing more than the standard of what each culture feels is acceptable. The reason I feel that human sacrifice is evil is because my culture, which has been shaped through hundreds of years of religion, tells me it is evil. The Mayans on the other hand, thought human sacrifice was not evil, and that it was actually important and good, because that was how their culture was shaped. I think the holocaust was evil because my American culture told me so. The Germans on the other hand thought it was right and good. No evil was committed because evil is relative.
I don't know how to counter this.... Anyone have an answer? Thanks in advance!