Morality has been argued as an absolute or a relative endeavor. The religious would have you believe in morals that require blind obedience and others, such as myself, would argue that the moral action is dependent on circumstances. I dare to generalize this deep field of philosophy down to a blind following of rules that equate to morals versus a thinking man's gambit.
The common question from a theist to the atheist is "where do you get your morals?" Of course, the theist is handed… Continue
Added by Reggie on July 26, 2009 at 12:35am —
This discussion got me thinking:
I have been having some trouble reconciling something in my mind. I do NOT think we need god(s) to keep us moral, but I DO think we need government and laws to do so. Someone once challenged me on this and said I may as well be an anarchist. I couldn't come up with a satisfactory response to explain why that was false at that moment.
Finally, this morning, it dawned… Continue
Added by Matthew on July 24, 2009 at 12:07pm —
Adam Carolla used to have a bit on his radio show called "Not a Jew" where Non-Jewish people doing insane or criminal things would be talked about then it would be announced that they were, "Definitely, not a Jew." Today a story
out of New Jersey will put some heat on the notion that Jews don't commit crimes.
44 people have been alleged to be… Continue
Added by Gaytor on July 23, 2009 at 6:34pm —
It is often argued that the main problem with atheists is their lack of moral guidelines. This is because society in general is currently not used to individuals taking responsibility for their own actions and guidelines, and instead assumes that we all need to be governed by a higher authority. Atheisms break this typical mould because they rely on rationality and reason for their morality. Usually, Atheists will come to similar conclusions about morality when it comes to the value of life and… Continue
Added by Stuart on May 10, 2009 at 9:02am —
Do you remember
When you walked among men?
Well, Jesus, you know
If you're looking below
It's worse now than then...
The question is, dear Cindy, do you remember when Jesus walked among men? The priesthood was corrupt, health care was practically nonexistant, and Jesus' best friends were thieves and prostitutes. In the end he was tried, convicted and executed for a crime that didn't exist.
Explain to me: how are things worse?
Added by AnonyMouse on April 27, 2009 at 4:30pm —
If Evil was made by the Fall, whenceforth was Eve tempted?
That sums it up right there.
Some Christians say that evil did not exist until the Fall - that all suffering and sin came about as a result of Eve's choice to disobey God. That sounds reasonable, right?
Imagine a world where there is no sin. Everything is perfect. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the lion is gettin' cuddly with that lamb over there (but not… Continue
Added by AnonyMouse on April 26, 2009 at 5:29pm —
These are the basic premises intended to define Beingism. Beyond the content of the text here, Beingists may come to a variety of different conclusions. Other texts on this site, such as the essays
, blog posts
, and message board postings
, may contain ideas widely shared among Beingists, though this cannot necessarily be… Continue
Added by Causal Crunch on April 19, 2009 at 12:30pm —
So, this is my first blog. I recently found out that my local Fox station refused to air the show "Osbournes: Reloaded". I'm not a fan of Ozzy so I wouldn't have watched it even if I had the choice to do so. However, I didn't even have the choice of watching it because it wasn't even played in my city, which happens to be the third largest city in Georgia. It was not aired because it did not fit in with "community standards". My city wasn't the only one that refused to air it. Cities in… Continue
Added by Aric on April 8, 2009 at 11:43pm —
In my last (and first) blog post, I brought up the problem that atheists usually have with religious people (that of, "atheists have no morals"). Emma Coomber brought something up that I agree with and have been thinking for a while now.
There are no absolute morals.
I think I can safely assume that most (if not all) of us here would agree that morals are created by society and nothing else. So really, is it such a leap to assume that there are no absolute… Continue
Added by Gabriel Garcia on April 2, 2009 at 6:18pm —
Something came up today during lunch while I was talking with a Satanist friend of mine.
It's common for religious people to claim that atheists have no morals as we have no god to derive them from and have no god to fear in the deviation from our morals. But then if you ask them what they would do if god wasn't there to punish them, there are times when they admit that they would act without caring about others or about the consequences of their actions.
So really, who… Continue
Added by Gabriel Garcia on April 1, 2009 at 10:21pm —
The California Fair Political Practices Commission has been investigating the Mormon Church for allegedly underreporting its spending on behalf of Proposition 8. Scott Trotter, a spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, has repeatedly stated that the allegations made against the church were false.
relating to how much involvement, how much money was spent, and were employees of the church paid for their support… Continue
Added by Johnny on February 4, 2009 at 4:00pm —
Most of us who have deconverted have knowledge of some of the horrible laws the bible has. Many of us have probably encountered at least one believer who was completely oblivious to those additional obscure laws. Or if they are vaguely aware of them will dismiss them as being from the old testament. Someone has created a questionnaire on GoToQuiz.com that tests to see if your morals are biblically aligned.
"It is often said that… Continue
Added by Johnny on February 3, 2009 at 2:36pm —