Morality Without God

 

      Ten reasons why I would argue that my lack of a belief in a punishing God makes me a more moral person than someone who is religious. My moral choices aren’t made out of fear of eternal punishment. Just as I don’t have a reason to have “good” morals, I don’t have an excuse for bad ones, either.

1.) I don’t have a religious justification to hate someone for having the “wrong” religion, so I don’t hate people because they follow a certain religion.

2.) I don’t have a religious justification to support certain wars due to a belief that it will fulfill some sort of ancient prophecy, so I oppose needless death and destruction.

3.) I don’t have a religious justification to strap a bomb to my chest and blow myself up in a crowded market, so I don’t strap a bomb to my chest and blow myself up in a crowded market.

4.) I don’t have a religious justification to deprive my children of truthful, frank sex education and the knowledge of safe and effective birth control use; so when I have a teenage daughter, she will be less likely to have sex too young, get pregnant, or get an STD.

5.) I don’t have a religious justification to hate gay people, so I don’t hate gay people.

6.) I don’t have a religious justification to believe that women are inherently inferior to men, so I don’t believe women are inferior to men.

7) I don’t have a religious justification to not see a doctor when I’m sick, so I see a doctor when I’m sick.

8.) I don’t have a religious justification to hate someone for being a member of the “wrong” race, so I am not a racist.

9.) I don’t have a religious justification to not care about climate change because “God would never let it get that bad before the end comes.”

10.) I don’t believe that I have an eternal, joy-filled life waiting for me after I die, so I appreciate the value and sanctity of this one.

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Tags: Spirituality, belief, faith, god, religion

Comment by Doug Reardon on March 11, 2013 at 10:18pm

You've convinced me, I shall never again utter the phrase "Good God!"

Comment by Real Life James Bond on March 12, 2013 at 1:10am
You should read some Atheist philosophy. I am currently working through Michael Martin's "Atheism: A Philosophical Justification" in the introduction the first thing he deals with is Atheism and morality. It is a good read so far, I recommend it :)
Comment by Jorita on March 12, 2013 at 3:25am

In my life I have met religous people from different religions, they all view their belief to be the only true belief. What do they all have in common ? to justify their phobies. I am a rcist because my bible tells me so. I am against gays because my bible tells me so> I am against abortion and abortion is murder because only god decides who live and die, the same people would shout bring back the death penalty. And the list goes on. I don't need religion to teach me morals or values. I belief that if you treat people the way you want them to treat you, you can not go wrong. I also teach my children this. It is basic and simple but do imagine if all people had this line of thinking the world would be a better place.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on March 12, 2013 at 9:48am

FYI - Hitchens on the subject here.

@Jorita - Yes it is very common to find that the theist holds the same hatreds that his/her god does.

Comment by Simon Paynton on March 12, 2013 at 9:58am

@Sam - how does Michael Martin deal with atheism and morality? 

Comment by Unseen on March 12, 2013 at 11:04am

Please, folks, use the forums if you want a discussion, not blogs. Forums have threads, making arguments much easier to follow. 

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