All Blog Posts Tagged 'empathy' (5)

Morality, Survival and Religion

Martin Luther King Jr.

Morality is a human construct, by and for humans. If not, we'd have to get it from a natural source . . . or a supernatural one. I'm an atheist, so a supernatural source isn't a serious alternative to me. That leaves one alternative: Nature. But I can't detect the slightest whiff of morality in nature. Mother nature is red in tooth and claw. She is indifferent to violence,…

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Added by Atheist Exile on December 23, 2013 at 2:00am — 31 Comments

Thankfulness

Tis the season to be thankful. 

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States I'd like to talk a bit about what I see as the two acts of thankfulness: being thankful concerning ones self, and being thankful towards another. I will attempt to make the case that both forms of thanks when properly expressed are essential habits in a humanist.

Somewhat as a preamble there is the topic of how the word 'thankful' has in a way been co-opted by Christians. I became…

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Added by Čenek Sekavec on November 27, 2013 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

Why don't Atheists use empathy as an argument against Religious/biblical/god morality claims?

 

I have asked this of several different non-theist sources and have yet to get a satisfactory answer. So I thought I would pose it here for your thoughts. This article is how I've argued against biblical morality. This is Matt Dillahunty discussing this point. …

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Added by J. Morr on December 24, 2012 at 11:06pm — 6 Comments

Slam Dunking God

The naturalist understanding of morality asserts that we have evolved empathy as an impetus to cooperation. Combined with personal experience, empathy leads most of us to a "Golden Rule" sense of morality. From experience, I know what hurts me: with empathy, I know the same things likely hurt you too. Experience and empathy is all we need to decide most moral matters. "Do unto…

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Added by Atheist Exile on April 30, 2012 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Best Practices 1: Feeling your pain

[First in a nine-part series on best practices for nonreligious parenting.]



"I feel your pain." --BILL CLINTON at a campaign rally in 1992

"We need to...pass along the value of empathy to our children. Not sympathy, but empathy – the ability to stand in somebody else’s shoes; to look at the world through their eyes."

--BARACK OBAMA in a speech on Father's Day 2008
In the Preface of… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on September 12, 2008 at 9:45am — No Comments

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