According to Kohlberg, the early stages of moral development center around fear of punishment. While we can certainly impose punishments for immoral behaviors without daddy in the sky, we cannot insure that every offender will be discovered. In fact, as every good sociopath knows, one can generally get away with dozens of immoral acts without detection. There IS no escape from the detection of daddy in the sky
Isn't it possible that prospective superstitious wrong doers on the low end of moral development might modify their behavior based on the belief that they cannot escape their punishment?
I bring it up, because a recently had a conversation with such a person, and it was clear that he only resisted immoral impulses because he feared punishment from daddy in the sky.
i will bite.
I do not believe and am repulsed at many horrific actions. The believer thinks that the repulsion they feel towards violence and cruelty is instilled by the vicious sky daddy they worship.
The 'sense" of right and wrong is not in born. It is a learned. That's why external litmuses must be applied to our moral "feelings."