In light of all the religious discussion here on the CB

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by Fitswimmer, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. Fitswimmer

    Fitswimmer <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/" targ

    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Messages:
    11,825
    I thought you might find this article interesting: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/18/science/18mora.html?em&ex=1190347200&en=6df574f0948f0c22&ei=5087

    Here's the first part-I don't want to copy/paste the whole thing because it's long, but you can get it at the link.

    It explains why we have such a hard time explaining why we think something is morally wrong and it also dispels the notion that ONLY religious people can be moral.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. mickeyfan2

    mickeyfan2 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    May 21, 2004
    Messages:
    16,090
    I have always felt that morality did not require one to be religious. Religion like laws can make a person who has immoral thoughts do the right thing. Morality comes from weighing your wants with the wants and needs of others and then doing what is best for the majority. There will always be a percentage of the population that laws, religion or something else will not deter them from doing something bad.

    For example, I might get made at you and want to punch you, but then realize that my punching you will cause you injury and will not fix the reason I am made at you. So I don't punch you. Some might not punch since they would go to jail. Others will do it because they "win" in their book.
     
  3. JennyMominRI

    JennyMominRI <font color=red>Live from Red Sox Nation<br><font

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2005
    Messages:
    12,433
    I agree. I have never felt religious = Moral.. That is not to say that one cannot derive morality from religion or from a book.. I derive some of my morals from a book.. I certainly had morals before that. I know some athiests that I feel are very, very moral
     

Share This Page