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Originally posted by deepred
Would society advance faster, or decline faster, without the belief in a higher power? A higher power that holds people accountable for there actions and sets moral values.
What would the new moral standard be?
Would we still choose good over evil if there was no reward or punishment?
Would we redefine what is good and what is evil?
Would society and mankind advance more rapidly without the constrains of a God and the moral values set forth by religious teachings?
Would science become the new "religion"?
Would the government be responsible for defining what is moral and good?
Would mankind become an animalistic culture, devoid of concience or remorse, with the only goals being self gratification without regard for others.
I am very interested in hearing the views of others on this topic.
Personaly, I believe the only reason we have made it this far is the belief in a higher power and the prospect of a reward or punishment for our actions.