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Morality

I hate how most Christians think that if you're an Atheist, you're morally bankrupt. I think it's far more likely the other way around.

Christianity, or any religion for that matter, rules through fear. Why don't theists commits acts that are sinful? Because if they don't resist the temptation of such things, they go to some awful place where they'll suffer for eternity. How is that moral?

That's not cheating on a test because you could get caught, not because you want to pass on your own merit.

If anything, I think an atheist if by far more moral. With no fear of some otherworldly punishment, we refrain from bad behavior by power of our morality alone.

And within that same vein of thought, good deeds are done simply for good deed's sake, not because we're trying to impress some omnipotent myth that we're worthy of their affection.

GrapplingIgnorance has a poem that matches my thoughts on the issue. It's called, "Sunday Best".


Comments

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aryador
Sep. 3rd, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
I agree!

I found this on Reddit and it made me smile:

Religion teaches us to feel ashamed
Science teaches us that we are made from stars

missrunne
Sep. 4th, 2011 05:43 am (UTC)
people forget that mythology is just theology that no one believes anymore.
articrono
Sep. 5th, 2011 11:38 pm (UTC)
Buddhism and Hinduism do not rule through fear, to name two. Blanket statements FTL. :P And to continue to play devil's advocate, there are many, /many/ different sects of Christianity, with wildly varying beliefs on hell and proselytizing.

That being said, I like the poem, and I get where you're coming from. :)
missrunne
Sep. 6th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
i'll even contest that AJ. Golden Land Buddhism uses fear of going to hell. And Hinduism has some of the worse classism ive ever seen.
articrono
Sep. 6th, 2011 09:15 am (UTC)
Did you miss my point? :)
missrunne
Sep. 6th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC)
of course i got your point.
in the exact same spirit of your point im pointing out that *your* blanket statement about buddhism is wrong :P
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