All Blog Posts Tagged 'morality' (58)

Evolution of Morality

Review of Christopher Boehm, Moral Origins:  The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame (Basic Books, 2012)

Humanism asserts that human beings are naturally capable of caring about others and taking action to help others, even those who are not like themselves.   One only has to notice the worldwide response after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines to be convinced of the truth of that assertion.   But despite humanists’ celebration of Charles Darwin…

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Added by Homer Edward Price on April 23, 2014 at 3:54pm — 2 Comments

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

A Pious Jewish Prick (updated)

“I find it necessary to wash my hands after I have come into contact with religious people.”

Friedrich Nietzsche



True story:

A Jewish American young man, baby boomer generation, grows up and gets married in the New York area. His wife is a nice Jewish girl. They live on Long Island.  They apparently believed themselves unable to have children, because they adopted a child, sort of through a gray market, but they got a Caucasian child, a daughter, whom they…

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Added by Alan Perlman on March 10, 2013 at 8:00pm — 24 Comments

Morality and Newtown.

Here is the link to the ServingAtheists.org page with the "mini-poll" on morality:

http://blogs.elon.edu/servingatheists/?p=1350

One of the very first questions in the survey deals with morality:  ”How do you view the morality of religious believers as compared to the morality of atheists?”  To date, there have been over 7600 respondents to the survey and over 3300 have added comments after selecting their…

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Added by tom arcaro on January 1, 2013 at 10:44am — 5 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

Do Atheists Pose a Threat to Morality?

I mentioned somewhere else on AtheistNexus that xians fail to realize that ethics, as a field of study, originated with the ancient Greeks, who didn't attach it to the practice of their religion in any way. I found the following article on Psychology Today: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/experiments-in-philosophy/200806/do-atheists-pose-threat-morality

Added by Bud the Wonderer on December 16, 2012 at 9:39pm — 3 Comments

Desperately Seeking Approval: Overt and Covert Reasons for the Adult Bar Mitzvah

"As a beautiful flower that is full of hue but lacks fragrance, even so fruitless is the well-spoken word of one who does not practice it."

The Dhammapada

 

Informed of a former colleague’s decision to have a bar mitzvah in middle age, I can’t help but look for reasons, since the ceremony is completely optional at this point in life.

For a complex variety of reasons, many of them personal, some Jewish adults genuinely want to reconnect with their…

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Added by Alan Perlman on July 18, 2012 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Why Harris Lost the "Is Good from God?" debate to Craig

 

I just stumbled upon a year-old YouTube video named, “Sam Harris gets destroyed by Dr. William Lane Craig”. It’s the 2-hour University of Notre Dame debate held on April 7, 2011, between Harris and Craig. It was titled: “The God Debate II: Is Good from God?” The video can be found at the bottom of this page.

And guess what? Harris really was destroyed by Craig!…

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Added by Atheist Exile on May 6, 2012 at 10:02am — 11 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

Religious Thinking and Simple Minds

I am treated as evil by people who claim that they are being oppressed

because they are not allowed to force me to practice what they do.” ~D. Dale Gulledge

 

 

Ignorance is our natural state: we were born that way. We learn what we know as…

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Added by Atheist Exile on April 13, 2012 at 5:00am — 5 Comments

An Obvious Observation

Recently, a co-worker gave me a set of religious CDs on the topic of sin and morals.  She is trying to convert me, and while that's never going to happen until she can prove there is a god, it gives me an excellent opportunity to check out the materials that Christians think are important in the discussion of religion.  After listening to these CDs, I walked away with one truly over-powering observation:

Every shred of Christian morality are essentially Humanist concepts wrapped in…

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Added by The Antic Atheist on March 13, 2012 at 10:25am — No Comments

Why I Am An Atheist, ten plus one!

First of all, I am who I am!  I will not, by godlessdamn, be anything other than myself. 

Second, I have little to loose.  I played the games, faked the faces, but I never could really hide who I am.  I became disliked, sometimes ridiculed, very often ignored, but because I have always believed in a few things very strongly, things like ethics and truth, and I stood up for them rather than…

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Added by Ted Gresham on February 22, 2012 at 1:54pm — 4 Comments

Mondo Diablo Episode 340: Laveyan Satanism with Bob Larson

A two parter coming up; from back in 1989, this is an interview by Christian televangelist Bob Larson with Zeena LaVey and Nikolas Schreck, on the moral values of the Satanism espoused by Zeena's father, Anton LaVey.

Playlist

Satan 1

Alleee1

Tran Hai Quang * A Bali On Entend Le Genggong Rab Ncas

Der Gerd-Michaelis-Chor * Es Bleibt Die Sonne

Satan 2

Andy Loore *…

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Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on February 9, 2012 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Theists' views of atheists' morality

This topic is one I'm becoming more and more interested in. And it seems to be of interest to others too. 

 

Miller McCune had an article in November (Distrust Feeds Anti-Atheist Prejudice) summarizing the findings of Will Gervais, Azim Shariff and Ara Norenzayan from a piece they published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology called "Do you believe in…

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Added by Joel Newton on January 10, 2012 at 11:08pm — 10 Comments

Tunnel Vision is 20/20

When it comes to morals it seems that Christians never get above the belt-buckle unless it is to peer behind a brassiere. Genes for sexual obsession passed down from the Catholic Church evidently have not mutated over the centuries as Christian leaders remain overly concerned with who's doing who, how they are doing it and if there are any naked people or pictures anywhere near.

To be sure there is a need for watchdog organizations and laws keeping dangerous sexual predators, perverts…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 29, 2011 at 11:21am — 4 Comments

Morality vs. Ethics

The questions are:

  • Do atheists have a moral ground for their perception of right and wrong? 
  • Is an atheist entitled to claim a sense of right and…
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Added by Karen Loethen on August 19, 2011 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

My morality

One of the main arguments for religion is morality. Without God to watch over us, we'd all be murdering left right and centre....apparently. As well as being a rather appalling reason to be good, it is also ridiculous. We do not need a list of ten commandments to know how to be good. I have never been religious. Even as a child when I was being fed all the usual shit, I think I always questioned it, at least from an age when I was old enough to question it. Despite being an atheist, I still… Continue

Added by Rational-Thinker on June 8, 2011 at 4:00am — 4 Comments

Natural desasters as signs of a god: the difference between rhetorically skilled priests and the general public

As we all know 2 weeks ago a disaster has hit Japan. Over 10.000 people are dead, people are fighting against a nuclear meltdown in Fukushima.



Why did all this happen? Was it a natural disaster? Was it the plan of a god? Did a god merely allow it to happen?

The problems of theodicy (bad things happening despite the supposed existence of a merciful and caring god) are old. And of course the standard answer to all is a typical "god might have a plan, we do not… Continue

Added by Tarentola Mauritanica on March 25, 2011 at 8:50am — No Comments

Mondo Diablo Episode 294: A Modern Day Slave Plantation





This week's clips come from http://www.truth-out.org/visiting-a-modern-day-slave-plantation57098, in honor of Saint Martin Luther King Jr. Day.



Playlist



Modern Slave Plantation 1

Alleee 1

Fly the Friendly Skies

Armando Trovajoli * Let's Find Out

Modern Slave Plantation 2

The… Continue

Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on January 21, 2011 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Rational Egoistic Objective Morality

Why does it feel good to see others happy? Why would we be interested in others' welfare? Why try to survive? Why make decisions toward our own welfare? We are hardwired. It is that simple. It is the way we are evolved. This is the way it is, even before people started talking about it (at earliest, as people were first talking about it). Every single person is always the final arbiter of every decision they make, whether it helps others or not. The final common goal in life is always personal… Continue

Added by MCT on January 20, 2011 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

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