Re: Is it possible for man to live a moral life without religion?
@ AndyJC - the argument is not flawed. It is a simple question and by your point that "religion actually can hinder a moral life", which has actually already been made, you are answering yes to "can a man live morally without religion". What you proceeded to do was attack religion rather than make any valid points.
Still, Mal's question is a good one: what is morality? Do you feel there are absolutes we can deal with?
I don't. Morality is a shifting definition based on tradition, knowledge and stresses on a society. It has altered. History and genetics has shown us that skin colour does not make us any different as humans, so slavery, once deemed OK because dark skinned people were more beast than human, is no not moral. The issues you run into with religion is probably a denial of certain knowledge to continue with tradition. But in simple fact, they are working from different morals than you. Are you the one to say they are correct?
One example you brought up were disabled people. I ask you now, if the world continues to become overpopulated and resources start to grow thin, do you think the morality of treating disabled people as equals will continue? Is that moral sustainable?