Where do we get our Morals from? Evolution? Social Conscience? Religion?
Posted by coventryrm on Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Religion or Social Conscience?
I would suppose to some the question would be like which came first the chicken or the egg? It does seem however a good understanding of evolution might just answer this question.
It seems those that believe in religious faith feel very strongly that without religion we would be an ugly society or world without morals. This is something I very strongly disagree with.
I think history has clearly shown how we as humans have evolved and developed our morals and values despite of religion. If you look around us even now most of the wars and horrific things being done by one culture or government to another have an underlying religious theme. Religion is not necessarily the instigator but tends to be pretty good at justifying. Not just wars or physical harm, I think the larger problem today is the intolerance it breeds whether it be subtle or aggressive. Most people of religious faith truly believe that they are tolerant and accepting of others. I have witnessed first hand and think that a strong belief in an absolute truth based on religious myth can not truly allow a person to fully accept others who do not believe as they do. It will and does cause divisiveness within families. Religion hurts us as a society.
Do you think that we would have allowed our country to get into the current conflict with the middle east if there was not an underlying religious theme?
Here is an interesting link of an article I found: Scientist Finds the Beginnings of Morality in Primate Behavior