posted on Jan, 30 2008 @ 05:21 AM
reply to post by johnsky
Interesting. It does make sense that, as a whole, religious people would actually have less conviction about their moral code than those who feel that
their moral code is their own. IMO, this would likely apply to religion in the sense of institutions of religion, not necessarily people who have
strong spiritual beliefs that they have arrived at themselves.
So here is some actual, scientific research that sheds some light on what could make that true. Those who believe their actions are all dictated by
and controlled by a higher power do not have to always accept sole responsibility for what they've done. Now, the question in my mind is, why?
Here's a thought... if you realize that no one will ever be responsible for your own transgressions besides you, meaning that you had free will and
you chose to do something that you, internally, know to be wrong, you cannot give yourself a "free pass". You must take responsibility for your
actions, and consequently, anyone who is not a psychopath (actually no conscience) will make a choice weighted heavily with consideration of their own
self-judgment. IMO, we judge ourselves as we judge others, though we may not always understand that, it believe it is a truth of human nature. It also
seems that such a view, combined with a few logical steps, can be supported by this research. Other opinions?