I Don't Understand How Non-religious People Can Be Moral

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    I Never Used to Either

    I used to grapple with that same issue. I believed in god and thought "If there was no punishment in the afterlife, why wouldn't everyone just go out and murder and steal and do what ever we wanted?" In fact when I came to the realization there was probably no god and...
    sava744 sava744
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jan 25, 2009

    Hume, Kant,

    This question has been tackled before. The two main views are the Kantian view that morals are based on reason, and the Humian view that morals are based on sentiment. Both reject religion as a foundation of morals.   Hume argues that all morals are based on sentiment...
    iammarrk iammarrk
    18-21
    1 Response Feb 28, 2008

    First Define Moral.........

    The issue really lies in what you consider to be moral. And which religion you're referring to. There are plenty of non-religious moral people, they just may possibly have set of morals that differ from those of religious people. What morals are, are a set of rules in your head...
    chovhani chovhani
    46-50, F
    5 Responses Jan 8, 2008

    What Paul Said About Gentiles In His Day

    Paul described it best when the Gentiles (non Israelites) still followed moral law, yet did not have knowledge of Bible principles and laws. "For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not...
    shakenama shakenama
    41-45, M
    Mar 1, 2012

    My Faith

    In the Book it says : Experience everything but retain the good. I cannot judge anyone or any religion, we are all just like fleas on a dog's back. I have faith like a child that I will be OK. Something incredibly incomprehensible to us mortals does exist.
    ryksteman ryksteman
    56-60, M
    1 Response Nov 25, 2010

    My 2 Cents

    I have actually known non- religious people with more of a sense of morality than than many religious people I have known....believe it or not, this is true.
    IndyJoe IndyJoe
    41-45, M
    8 Responses Sep 6, 2008

    Studies Show Dogs Have Sense of Fairness...

    ... but don't beleive in dog! Ahem... god! http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/S/SCI_NO_FAIR?SITE=HIHAD&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT WASHINGTON (AP) -- Not fair! What parent hasn't heard that from a child who thinks another youngster got more of something. Well, it...
    Lazarus42 Lazarus42
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Dec 8, 2008

    I don't agree with this at all.

    To me, morality is all about acting in a way that is respectful and kind towards all people (both individually and collectively). A great part of this involves honoring another person's individuality and understanding that what is best for them may not be what is best for you...
    NamelessNomad NamelessNomad
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 17, 2015

    Goodness, Where to Start?

    *Keep in mind that, for the sake of brevity, I've simplified a lot.* To my mind, the function of most religions is to give people faith in a higher power (exactly who or what that power is will not be discussed here) through which the unexaplainable is given meaning. In other...
    vinividivici21 vinividivici21
    22-25, F
    15 Responses Sep 5, 2008

    Maslow's Hierarchy Is Important In Determining Morality.

    Noticing this story comment site doesn't have advancing arrows to allow me to read all 54 comments somehow it took me to page 2 and stopped.  Reading the story and hearing the first 20 something comments I had a comment of my own.  The existential dilema of...
    Shaylon Shaylon
    26-30, F
    23 Responses Jan 8, 2008

    I'm Not Condemning Or Forcing My Beliefs On Anyone!

    Many of you who commented on my other story accuse me of condemning and judging atheists. I'm not! If you read the title of this group, it says, "I Don't Understand How Non-religious People Can Be Moral," not "I Think Atheists Are Immoral." I'm simply curious as to WHY you...
    RopinTexan RopinTexan
    22-25, M
    141 Responses Jan 8, 2008

    Morality - Religion = Ø

    I hear people say stuff like, "I think Jesus was a great teacher, and I respect him, but I don't believe he's the Son of God," or "I'm an atheist, but I still try to be a good person." How can you live like that? If you don't believe in God or Jesus, what good are morals? If...
    RopinTexan RopinTexan
    22-25, M
    117 Responses Jan 7, 2008

    Not My Place to Judge.

    I have My own beliefs concerning My religion.But I do think that even if Your not religious,You can still be a good person with high morals.You can be a person that claims to be religious but behind closed doors they have no morale at all.I believe You MUST have God,Christ in...
    HeartOnnaLiveWire HeartOnnaLiveWire
    31-35, F
    11 Responses Sep 8, 2008

    Quote...

    A book just out, The Moral Landscape, by Sam Harris, Will have to paraphrase a little, don't have it in front of me, "... religion gives bad reasons for people to be good when there are good reasons available...  " "... religion seperates reality from the details of...
    rmichaels rmichaels
    56-60, M
    1 Response Oct 22, 2010

    I Don't Understand How You Can Extract Morals From Your Invisible Friends Dusty Tome.

    The Prof. Richard Dawkins said... "The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist...
    Lazarus42 Lazarus42
    46-50, M
    31 Responses Dec 7, 2008
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