Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

Religion and Morals
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Author:  Laurie Tate [ Mon Apr 10, 2006 9:58 am ]
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Do you believe that an atheist can be moral? Can you have morality without religion? Can you have religion without morality? I personally believe that both are true. What do you guys think?

Author:  Adam Warren [ Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:09 pm ]
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I believe morality is definately possible without religion. Look at the basic morals in every religion, Don't kill, Don't steal, Dont' hurt other people. Most every religion has the same basic premise, treat others how you would want to be treated. To me that means that the most basic of morals, i.e., the golden rule, is simply a human idea, not passed down from some God or god-like figure.

There are many people I know who are atheistic and I would trust them with my life and there are plenty of my "so-called" religious friends (those who you see at church every sunday) that I would not trust my future children or my nehpews to be around.

Is there morality without religion? Without question.
Is there religion without morality? Another resounding yes.

Author:  Rodney Woods [ Wed Apr 12, 2006 12:37 am ]
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walkin' talkin' proof.

Author:  Emily Dale [ Wed Apr 12, 2006 10:42 am ]
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I think both are definatly true!! I am definatly not a religious person but I consider myself to be fairly moral. On a side note, I can't stand people who claim to be religious but have no respect for anyone or anything. Don't pretend to be something you are not!!

Author:  anna kate shook [ Fri Apr 14, 2006 12:47 pm ]
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I agree... that both can be true! There are many good, kind people that choose to be that way everyday...but, do not choose to follow any type of religon. I also know many people that go to church when ever the doors are opened...and are really big pains in the butt!

Author:  Murphy Post [ Sat Apr 15, 2006 4:47 pm ]
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I agree that someone can be instilled with all the right values and morals and not be religious.I know people who are atheist but I consider them good friends and good people.

Author:  Kelly Allen [ Thu Apr 20, 2006 9:08 pm ]
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To answer the original questions, I will have to say there are all kinds of good people in the world of all different beliefs.

I hope that this doesn't take this conversation far from where it started, but what do ya'll think about your conscience? Like, where does it come from?

I believe in God & that He created it in us, but what are your thoughts on that? Its kind of a weird question, but I think its really interesting.

Author:  Brianne Henderson [ Tue Apr 25, 2006 1:00 pm ]
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I do think that one dosen't have to be religious to have morals, but I do feel that having good morals comes indirectly from love and the Lord above shows us the greatest love of all.

Author:  Lauren Shook [ Tue Apr 25, 2006 4:20 pm ]
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i agree with adam wholeheartedly. i have friends that are not religious but they would give anything and everything for me if i needed it. i have friends as well that call themselves christian and attend church simply for their image. they say one thing and act in a totally different way. a lot of time morality does come with religion, but it is not always the case.

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