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Old 09-03-2010, 09:53 PM
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A born again ammoralist

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Old 09-04-2010, 03:39 AM
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Are there any statistics as to how many Ammoralists...Atheists..(dont know if the 2 are connected)...there are world-wide? .. Also...would you please decipher in lay-mans terms excactly what this man is saying/trying to say. ?
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Old 09-04-2010, 09:27 AM
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I was an atheist who used to think that a command based morality of right\wrong really existed. I now realize that commands require a commander so without God, there is no morality. However, life without morality isn't so bad after all.
No idea about the numbers of atheist ammoralists.

My reply: Who decided that morality requires commands?
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Old 09-04-2010, 09:52 AM
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I prefer a simpler(?) explanation, what we call morality is nothing more than a set of behaviours favored by evolution because they are successful. Individuals and groups that tended to perform "immoral" acts had less chance of reproducing and had less contribution to the gene pool. At the other extreme, individuals and groups that were "too pacifist" also did not survive. What results are the current social norms, codified by various religions as "morality." Obviously, this is an ongoing process and there are still differences in these norms between cultures and associated religions. These differences will continue to be reduced in the modern "smaller" world.
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:22 AM
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I was an atheist who used to think that a command based morality of right\wrong really existed. I now realize that commands require a commander so without God, there is no morality. However, life without morality isn't so bad after all.
No idea about the numbers of atheist ammoralists.

My reply: Who decided that morality requires commands?
Who decided we needed religion to live a moral life. The definition of morality as defined by Merriam-Webster is 1. of or relating to the principles of right and wrong.2: conforming to a standard of right behavior. The definition of religion is 1: the service and worship of god or the supernatural. We don't need religion to live a moral life but who decides what is right/ wrong in our societies and cultures? Thanks for the cerebral massage Kerry, I shall now go forth and ponder.

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