Do We Require Religion to be Moral?

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I have been conversing with three different bloggers on this very topic lately. One was arguing about Secularism, another was discussing the case of that bake shop that refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple, and the third was discussing freewill and the lack of divine interaction in our lives. Those are all very different topics. But they all had one thing in common: they all made some comment on morality being dependent on religion, and, in particular, on Christianity. 

But how much truth is in that claim? Do we need religion, or faith, or god, to be good? I would say no. I am an atheist. I have been for ten years now. I have donated teddy bears to women’s shelters, I have donated clothes, I have collected cans to donate to the food bank, I have volunteered my time. Would anybody out there say that I…

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8 thoughts on “Do We Require Religion to be Moral?

  1. neonwalrus May 25, 2014 / 2:52 pm

    Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: “Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”

    That is a religious morality I can understand, tho seldom embrace as my own.

    • fictionfitz May 25, 2014 / 3:03 pm

      Could you send that quote to the Red Sox? I like the use of “your old nonsense.” A quote for all of us, even Yankee Fans.

      • neonwalrus May 25, 2014 / 3:27 pm

        Yankee fans are w/out acknowledgement during dark days after an incandescent year.

      • fictionfitz May 25, 2014 / 4:09 pm

        Point taken, but then again….

    • fictionfitz May 26, 2014 / 2:30 pm

      I definitely think some think so. They seem to do alright. Is God a truth or a need?

  2. New Hampshire Garden Solutions May 26, 2014 / 7:00 pm

    I think, as John said in 1 John 4:8, that God is love. I also believe that He is inside of us all, whether or not we want Him there and whether or not we choose to believe it.

    • fictionfitz May 27, 2014 / 8:36 am

      He, it, she, does often get hidden.

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