|07-12-2010, 04:21 PM||#10|
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Re: Is it possible for man to live a moral life without religion?
One thing to note is that, from the perspective of an atheist, religion is not the source of morals in any way. Because in that perspective, it's from people's minds that the laws and beliefs that form the "morality" of different religions. The practices and beliefs of these religions are based on the preachings of people. Where did they get these "morals" from if they are the ones that began their inclusion in religion? Therefore, from an atheist perspective, people are automatically capable of creating "moral code" for themselves and others to live by without religion, as they are the ones that create religion based on those morals they believe in.
Can an individual be "moral" by their own standards and others' without religion? Yes.
Can "morality" exist without religion? Yes.
Can society enforce "morality" without breaking its own laws? Probably not. Because no one can truly force a person to be moral by someone else's standards without the threat of punishment. The actions that merit punishment by any moral code are the same things that must truly be done in order to punish those who commit such actions.
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