Published: Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
Here is the thing I believe most Atheist, Agnostics, etc do not understand...You say morals is relative, not because of a belief in God, but it is
the naturally way (at least this is what I am getting from your posts).The thing is Right and Wrong is taught by parents, grandparents, others to
everyone.... It is passed down from generation to generation much like you
beloved memento's of past family members. Here is the rub, you
may not believe in God (which is fine in my book), but if you dig deep enough
into your genealogy, you will find some of your ancestors who did. They were
taught what is right and wrong from the bible (or book of Mormon) by their
family.So your feelings of right and wrong is actually based on
God's law..People by themselves do not know what is right or
wrong... they are taught those concepts.
Morality has its source in the same place we do, and is subject to the same
forces. With the evolution of man, as a tribal or somewhat "herd"
species, behaviors either were beneficial to the group/tribe/herd, neutral, or
detrimental. These are defined the same way as species are created, by the
success of that tribe with respect to others. Those tribes with great internal
cooperation, humans working for the common good, and not harming other members
of the tribe, became more successful than those which did not. Morals evolved
due to the same forces which created species. We can see the same thing today in
chimpanzee species and their shunning of members engaged in anti-social
behavior: they may not reproduce. Those morals we consider fundamental -
regarding murder, theft, rape, etc. were all those that had the ability to
destroy the tribe. Notice too that these morals are flexible, even today, when
members of other tribes are encountered. See: war.
Well, confused, it seems you are changing the subject just a bit, from whether
atheist thought is compatible with morality, to the development of morality.
Well okay. I think you are right that much of our societal morality
is taught, and developed, over time from our ancestors. Because if this
moralities do change overtime within societies. For example, at one time it was
perfectly moral to own slaves, not so much anymore (except in places like Cliven
Bundy's world).But you say this, "They were taught what is
right and wrong from the bible (or book of Mormon) by their family." Which
may be true if your ancestors come from the minority of the worlds population
that believes those books or even had those books. "right and
wrong is actually based on God's law.."You are assuming
that "God's law" is not just created by man. A huge assumption. I, personally, think the roots of morality are inherent, and they
developed through evolution. Before our ancestors developed religion they
gained advantage by working together and banding together. That's where our
morality came from, and you see it in all group animals.
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