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Malva Zebrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-21-03 04:01 PM
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8. *I am not a militant
atheist. I do not wish to argue "faith" with anyone. I am a moral person and have been so all of my life--at least as to the parameters set by religions which is the subject of this thread.

I see absolutely no difference in the life lived by a religious person and the life lived by a non believer. If someone can point out to me a difference I would be happy to consider it. PLease show me a difference. Otherwise, we all must agree, in view of the evidence,or lack of evidence, that a non believer can live a happy moral life, a wonderful, productive life without having the sword of an imaginary deity held over his head and face some sort of "punishment" if he does not do as he is commanded.

Why am I moral without having to be commanded to be moral by an imaginary person who gives out these commands to follow--or else? Because I am simply connected to other human beings. I can sense their fears, their happiness and share that with them because we are all, after all, only human beings with all the same warts. I can love my fellow human beings without being commanded to do so and this certainly reinforces my belief that human beings are capable beings who are capable of independant thinking without being forced into a belief.
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  -Question to atheists about morality Nikia  Nov-21-03 03:52 PM   #0 
  - Maybe I can answer your question by turning it around.  trotsky   Nov-21-03 03:55 PM   #1 
  - Good answer.  rbnyc   Nov-21-03 05:29 PM   #19 
  - Bingo. To do good simply because you're told to is sad.  JanMichael   Nov-21-03 05:44 PM   #25 
     - An atheist does good because it is for the good of other people  demigoddess   Nov-22-03 02:00 AM   #36 
  - ...  Fixated   Nov-21-03 03:57 PM   #2 
  - Morality based on religion is simply dogma  donco6   Nov-21-03 03:57 PM   #3 
  - That is what one atheist  56kid   Nov-21-03 04:00 PM   #6 
  - as a skeptic  fallow   Nov-21-03 03:59 PM   #4 
  - Paragraphs!!!  sangh0   Nov-21-03 03:59 PM   #5 
  - I have found atheists to be much more highly moral people than  leftofthedial   Nov-21-03 04:01 PM   #7 
  - *I am not a militant  Marianne   Nov-21-03 04:01 PM   #8 
  - *applause*  trotsky   Nov-21-03 04:03 PM   #10 
  - speaking for myself, as an atheist  ijk   Nov-21-03 04:03 PM   #9 
  - as an atheist....  arcane1   Nov-21-03 04:11 PM   #11 
  - My parents taught me to be good to other people  wryter2000   Nov-21-03 04:14 PM   #12 
  - Here's my take on it....  fiziwig   Nov-21-03 04:15 PM   # 
  - One way to look at morality is as a product of natural selection.  BurtWorm   Nov-21-03 04:15 PM   #13 
  - Actually - thinking about this -  bloom   Nov-21-03 04:33 PM   #14 
  - Nikia, If you want the answer to your question go to this site:  RIindependent   Nov-21-03 04:34 PM   #15 
  - You too? I've had Born Again Christians call me "too" Ethical.  JanMichael   Nov-21-03 05:49 PM   #27 
  - I question any morality based even partially on fear.  stopbush   Nov-21-03 04:40 PM   #16 
  - for myself and my family  salinen   Nov-21-03 05:23 PM   #18 
     - it is amazing to me that you can not answer the question without making  Cheswick   Nov-22-03 09:19 AM   #51 
  - Good answers so far  Nikia   Nov-21-03 05:20 PM   #17 
  - I think  bloom   Nov-21-03 05:35 PM   #22 
  - people still care about "each other"  arcane1   Nov-21-03 05:40 PM   #24 
  - It is my observation  SheilaT   Nov-21-03 05:32 PM   #20 
  - Practical morality for Buddhists -  RichardRay   Nov-21-03 05:32 PM   #21 
  - God comes from morality, not the other way around.  chaska   Nov-21-03 05:40 PM   #23 
  - Well i dont know to many dishonest Christians <nt>  Socialist Christian   Nov-21-03 05:45 PM   #26 
  - that's good  Terwilliger   Nov-21-03 08:07 PM   #34 
  - In fact there's a famously dishonest one in the WH.  BurtWorm   Nov-22-03 02:18 AM   #39 
  - you have to be kidding..  toddzilla   Nov-22-03 09:06 AM   #49 
  - I don't need God, relgion, Jesus, the Bible  Skittles   Nov-21-03 05:51 PM   #28 
  - It's called a CONSCIENCE  smallprint   Nov-21-03 05:54 PM   #29 
  - This is the vein I was thinking...  thom1102   Nov-22-03 07:58 AM   #44 
  - Personally, I'm Amoral...  Interrobang   Nov-21-03 05:54 PM   #30 
  - That's extremely peculiar.  ijk   Nov-21-03 06:36 PM   #31 
  - Fear of retribution from a "higher power" has as much to do with morality  short bus president   Nov-21-03 06:46 PM   #32 
  - One word: Empathy  geniph   Nov-21-03 07:59 PM   #33 
  - Right is right and Wrong is wrong...  rustydog   Nov-21-03 08:08 PM   #35 
  - I am deeply religious, but morality for me is about  scarlet_owl   Nov-22-03 02:07 AM   #37 
  - yap yap yap  sujan   Nov-22-03 02:14 AM   #38 
  - Somewhere between Kant and Kohlberg...  0rganism   Nov-22-03 03:19 AM   #40 
  - Though I don't believe in the bible, I do believe in one sentence  RebelOne   Nov-22-03 06:12 AM   #41 
  - It's a pretty simple concept....  vi5   Nov-22-03 06:34 AM   #42 
  - Most of my morality comes from my personal definition of fairness  VermontDem2004   Nov-22-03 06:34 AM   #43 
  - Religious people are more inclined to be immoral  onebigbadwulf   Nov-22-03 08:09 AM   #45 
  - Overgeneralization  theemu   Nov-22-03 08:32 AM   #46 
  - as a christian, I can say without a doubt  Cheswick   Nov-22-03 09:24 AM   #52 
  - I treat others as I would like to be treated.  BiggJawn   Nov-22-03 08:41 AM   #47 
  - morality is a generalization in itself...  lemon lime   Nov-22-03 09:04 AM   #48 
  - I am not an atheist, more of an agnostic  ComerPerro   Nov-22-03 09:09 AM   #50 

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