I have written on this a few times as an atheist, i wouldn't say we have true morality,
even though the irony there is i have used that analogy, after thinking on it for
a long while now a few things seem to stand out.
In the argument of say religious morality vs an atheists morality there is an inherent
desire to say one is superior to the other, i disagree on one issue, its not that
our morality is superior in any way, its that we are allowed to tell the truth at all times,
it all comes down to honesty, when we see that something is wrong, provided with
evidence that our morality is lacking one could say, we have the ability right then
and there to change said morality to be correct.
Religion preaches from a standpoint of non adaptation, and as evident in every
religion in the world, if they refuse to adapt they will fail and become extinct,
the gay rights issue is where, in modern times, this becomes very apparent,
they don't have any proof at all that there is a moral problem with the issue of
a civil union, it is simply because their book says so, that is not enough in
the eyes of those who use honesty and reason to say its immoral, it gives no
reason for it being immoral other than gods word.......
Our morality tends to be based on facts and well thought out reasons.
Religious morality is sometimes based on facts others times on fantasy.
addygrace: I must reply to this idea, those accusation are unfounded, I would
not kill or steal from you because i am an honest person, i do not need the
threat of eternal torture to be an honest person, you are specifically saying
that you have to have fear to be moral, fear of some profound punishment.
then from there you just jump into a conjecture about how all atheists are
immoral simply because they have no fear of long term punishment, I would
argue that allows us to address reality with the weight it actually deserves.
We do not get to cop out of our morality and say we are forgiven by someone
who is not even involved in a situation, IE if a christian were to steal someones
food all they have to do is ask forgiveness and it will be granted, by that logic
you could rape, murder and steal then on your death bed accept jesus as your
savior and you get a "get out of hell free card".
The point we try to make is you live in reality, deal with reality on real terms, there
are direct consequences for actions, the idea that someone is going to reward
or punish us after death actually leads to dangerous morality. it gives us the idea
that if we follow a certain "moral" god then all is ok, even if he asks us to do immoral
things. that's the very reason most christians don't follow isalm, or other religions that
have just as much "evidence" as they do, they believe their gods idea of morality
is superior and those other fanatics are dangerous because they use their
god to justify bad things...........
edit on 16-11-2012 by bloodreviara because: (no reason given)