All Blog Posts Tagged 'Morality' (24)

Putting 'Absolute Truth' into Context

Slavery is wrong. Rape is wrong. Homophobia is wrong... The list goes on - and there aren't too many around in 'enlightened' society who'd disagree, because, generally speaking, people are better than their holy books (and their Gods).

This is obviously a very good thing. If it weren't the case, civilisation (if we could call it that) would be an immensely violent, fearful, unjust place. Your daughter gets raped? Marry her to the rapist. Someone steals a…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on July 27, 2013 at 10:17am — 22 Comments

Good Without God?

"I think the idea that it is immoral not to believe in God is perhaps the most insidious one that parents encourage to take root in the minds of young children. It is what makes it so difficult for people to question the existence of God once they have acquired the ability to think and reason for themselves..." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

It's a very common theist standpoint, pairing off immorality with…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on July 2, 2013 at 2:32pm — 5 Comments

Effective Altruism

Last Tuesday was a good day. Peter Singer gave a lecture.

I'd been looking forward to it for some time, early on securing a place on the Facebook first-come-first-served waiting list just to be sure of a seat. Of Singer, I knew…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on May 4, 2013 at 10:00am — 23 Comments

Being a Good Person

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"Despite not believing in God, and not believing in an afterlife where I might be rewarded or punished for my behaviour, I try to be a good person. That's the most any of us can do." - Alom Shaha, The Young Atheist's Handbook.

It's a favourite argument of the Theists: 'How can you be good without God?'

Even supposedly 'enlightened' Theologians (mean?) like William Lane…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on April 16, 2013 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Secular Morality and the Strive for Faith in Others

ALL right, all right. And so: Here we are.



When I was last active on this site roughly a year or so ago, I had recently denounced my Catholic faith in the spirit of teenage angst/bitter confusion. I was scared, pissed off, and disillusioned; moreover, I had basically become a cynical douche who thought he was somehow more inept to attaining knowledge of “the inner-workings of the universe” only because I had been forced to deal with several untimely deaths in my family/friend circle… Continue

Added by Roman Candles on March 11, 2013 at 2:20pm — 12 Comments

'Hitler was an Atheist!'

You'll likely all have heard this argument at some point. It's a classic.

Outlined rather well by http://www.godlessgeeks.com/LINKS/GodProof.htm, it goes something like this:

"(1) Person X, a well-known atheist, was morally inferior to the rest of us.

(2) Therefore, God exists."

It's just poetic, isn't it?

So... Assuming Hitler was an…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on February 22, 2013 at 8:30pm — 28 Comments

Comment Commentary: Do non-believers not have a "reasoned and valid moral baseline"?

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Before I start, I'd like to introduce this all new (yet not original) post format.

In light of a series of interesting comments on the last post (Why Tolerate Intolerance?), I've decided to dedicate the occasional (slightly more humorous and ranty) 'rambling' to methodically picking apart sentiments expressed in the comment section of this blog which don't sit with me too well. I think it's only fair that if…

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Added by Carnun Marcus-Page on February 1, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

My Coversation with a Christian about Christianity, Origin of Life, Dinosaurs, Evolution, and Morality



I am an Atheist, though I'd rather be considered an Rationalist. Recently I have decided to "come out" as an Atheist and, so far, it has been a real positive experience. I have found a number of people who share the same thoughts and views and I have been fortunate in that my family (Christians), have not removed themselves from my life.

I am a fan of posting, as they say in politics, "controversial" images and posts on Facebook. After posting an, I will admit, over generalized…

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Added by Steve Hayes on October 21, 2012 at 4:34pm — 30 Comments

Where is that compass?

There are 2 news stories in the UK at the moment which on the surface may seem similar but are however being treated completely differently.

The first concerns a 22 year old sickle cell anaemia sufferer whom doctors had been informed they must allow die. He was a Jehovah Witness and it is therefore against his religion to accept a blood transfusion even though it would have probably saved his life. The doctors had to stand aside and allow him to die in agony knowing that they could…

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Added by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on June 25, 2012 at 6:30am — 16 Comments

"Rodents exhibit empathy by setting trapped friends free"

I recently found this article, with the help of reddit, that empathy may not be unique to humans. This got me thinking about the engrossing argument that religion begets morality.

He's no Rat, He's my Brother!

Now, obviously we have logical evidence and rationality that morality is innate, but this may provide concrete evidence for those who are…

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Added by Ludi Kalo on January 22, 2012 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Scientific Morality

This thought was inspired by this debate, between Dr. Sam Harris and William Lane Craig, and this debate, between a lot of different people. I freely admit that I probably watch too many debates. Deal with it. 



To say that the explanation of morality in scientific terms instead of mysterious god terms, detracts from the beauty and significance of it, is the same as…

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Added by John Galt on December 2, 2011 at 9:54am — 5 Comments

Your sins are forgiven

I sat through so many RE lessons in school. And by RE I mean Catholicism. We would read Good News Gospels and if the existence of other world religions was mentioned I must have been off sick that day.

 

Anyway. It always used to puzzle me that the Gospels made a big deal out of how angry people got when the Jesus character would say "your sins are forgiven." I didn't understand what the fuss as about, and it was never addressed in class - possibly because it would involve…

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Added by Gordon Duffy on November 20, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

The Arrogance And Stupidy Of The Christian Faith

I've written about my sister before and I'm going to again. While she and I have a good relationship and are quite close, her faith drives me absolutely crazy. My sister emailed me this morning to ask if I wouldn't mind donating some money so that she could go out, search for, and then feed homeless people. While I'm a big advocate of helping those who struggle or have little/nothing, before I would commit to helping her I had to ask if she was planning on just going out and handing out food…

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Added by scottjarvis123 on June 10, 2011 at 6:57pm — 3 Comments

Morality: What's God got to do with it?

Originally posted on Atheist MC 23/07/2010







This blog was never intended for weighty philosophical essays and in any case compared to some atheist bloggers I’m a philosophical lightweight. However I’m going to have a go at the question du jour that seems to be popping up all over the atheosphere at the moment. To wit, on what, in the absence of God, do atheists base their… Continue

Added by Steve Bowen on June 6, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Stop the NSCP - time to weigh in

As you know, I believe education is the key to beginning to solve all of the woes we have in society today. Yes all of them. From world hunger to population, from wars to disease, from terrorism to the production of clean and renewable energy. Each of these can be solved if we educate the people who are directly effected by them, and those who go into areas to help. In fact I can't think of one situation that cannot be made better without education, at least in the long term. Education should… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on May 29, 2011 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Facebook Discussion About GA Abortion Bill

Facebook Thread The names have been removed Except for mine...

I'm sure you know this but

OP for Original poster (Yes she is female)

As well

first letter is an initial of the user that posted or another letter  if there was a duplicate.. the second letter of the poster is the sex of  the poster...

OP: Georgia I am disappoint.Trust  me, none of us want to "fake" miscarriages. Not that they're not fun,  except whoops, they're not.GUESS WHAT PRO-LIFERS, NEITHER ARE…

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Added by Jacob LeMaster on March 27, 2011 at 7:44pm — No Comments

Vegan Morality is Quite Fuzzy

Much fodder is made about how humans treat animals. You’ll hear arguments about how we humans are animals (agreed) as if that means that we should be treating them as friends. I would argue that because we are animals, we should be treating them better than they would treat us. Considering many animals in the wild

would simply kill us, use what they want, then leave the carcass behind for…

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Added by Gaytor on November 8, 2010 at 12:00am — 45 Comments

You Can’t Have Morality Without God

I know some of this has been talked about before, I just wanted to state my opinions on this subject and include things that might not have been stated before.



As an Atheist, I am constantly hearing from Christians that morality would not exist without the word of God instructing us on how to live our lives. Though I’ve found many things in the bible to dispute this claim, I will stick to the most well known set of ground rules in the bible, The Ten Commandment.



Most may not… Continue

Added by Jon Heim on October 31, 2010 at 10:00pm — 11 Comments

"Science vs Religion?" from Atheist Climber blog

From Atheist Climber Blog

... or "Can Science Have a Positive Effect on Religion and Culture to Help Answer Questions of Morality?"

My previous blog Sam Harris: Science can answer moral… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on June 16, 2010 at 8:02pm — No Comments

Morality and Purpose in Life

Being my first blog post on TA, I felt I should start with my basic principles for how I live my life. While I am not a militant atheist (I tend to consider myself agnostic leaning toward atheist) I don't hide my views when the topic of conversation leads to the spiritual. I have seen how people of religion wonder how someone who doesn't follow a religion can be good and moral, and how we can see a purpose in our life without a higher power guiding us. Here are my two simple rules for living a… Continue

Added by Darrell Hobbs on May 31, 2010 at 2:31pm — 4 Comments

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