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  • Secular Morality?

    Much has been made on this thread about gleaning moral principles from religion(s) and the difficulty therein. But I don't see how secular morality, in anyway, is a step up. Secular morality by definition does not tell us what is actually right or wrong, only that we leave religion behind as a source for ethics. Over the years, especially in the last century or so, there have been many forms of secular morality. What we find in the Western European countries, or to a lesser degree what we find here in the States. Or the secular morality we find in North Korea, China or the former Soviet Union. None of these system are objectively better or more correct, or more insightful as a source for ethics than religion.
    Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

  • #2
    Originally posted by seer View Post
    Much has been made on this thread about gleaning moral principles from religion(s) and the difficulty therein. But I don't see how secular morality, in anyway, is a step up. Secular morality by definition does not tell us what is actually right or wrong, only that we leave religion behind as a source for ethics. Over the years, especially in the last century or so, there have been many forms of secular morality. What we find in the Western European countries, or to a lesser degree what we find here in the States. Or the secular morality we find in North Korea, China or the former Soviet Union. None of these system are objectively better or more correct, or more insightful as a source for ethics than religion.
    Leaving gods out of moral decision-making (even if they exist) offers at least a couple of huge advantages:

    1. We don't have to decide which god is the 'true' god, if any.
    2. We don't have to decide what the will of these gods is.

    Of course, if you just replace a celestial dictator with a human dictator like Stalin or Kim Jong-Un, you're right back where you started.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Enjolras View Post
      Leaving gods out of moral decision-making (even if they exist) offers at least a couple of huge advantages:

      1. We don't have to decide which god is the 'true' god, if any.
      2. We don't have to decide what the will of these gods is.

      Of course, if you just replace a celestial dictator with a human dictator like Stalin or Kim Jong-Un, you're right back where you started.
      There is zero advantage. How do you decide which form of secular morality is correct?
      Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

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      • #4
        Originally posted by seer View Post
        Much has been made on this thread about gleaning moral principles from religion(s) and the difficulty therein. But I don't see how secular morality, in anyway, is a step up. Secular morality by definition does not tell us what is actually right or wrong, only that we leave religion behind as a source for ethics. Over the years, especially in the last century or so, there have been many forms of secular morality. What we find in the Western European countries, or to a lesser degree what we find here in the States. Or the secular morality we find in North Korea, China or the former Soviet Union. None of these system are objectively better or more correct, or more insightful as a source for ethics than religion.
        Long term disagreement seer. By definition morality is a human social construct that evolved with time with religious and secular attributes. There is no specific moral and ethical standard that can be defined as religious. All cultures have evolved moralities in the East and the West. From the religious perspective we have Divine Law. Moral systems of different cultures often reflect Divine Law of the religion at the foundation of the culture, but morality remains a secular social construct. Even in Christian cultures the secular morality evolved over time just as all secular/religious moralities of the world. The differentiation on what would call religious morals and secular morals cannot be clearly separated as distinctly different.

        Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morality



        Morality (from the Latin moralitas "manner, character, proper behavior") is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good or right and those that are bad, evil or wrong.[citation needed] Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion, or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal.[1] Morality may also be specifically synonymous with "goodness" or "rightness."

        Moral philosophy includes moral ontology, or the origin of morals, as well as moral epistemology, or what is known about morals. Different systems of expressing morality have been proposed, including deontological ethical systems which adhere to a set of established rules, and normative ethical systems which consider the merits of actions themselves. An example of normative ethical philosophy is the Golden Rule which states that, "One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself."[2]

        Immorality is the active opposition to morality (i.e. opposition to that which is good or right), while amorality is variously defined as an unawareness of, indifference toward, or disbelief in any set of moral standards or principles.

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        Hotspur: Why, so can I, or so can any man;
        But will they come when you do call for them? Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 1, Act III:

        go with the flow the river knows . . .

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        I do not know, therefore everything is in pencil.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by seer View Post
          There is zero advantage. How do you decide which form of secular morality is correct?
          We've been through all this before, so I'm not sure why you keep asking the same questions.

          You decide moral behavior based upon whether it will help people or cause them to suffer.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Enjolras View Post
            We've been through all this before, so I'm not sure why you keep asking the same questions.

            You decide moral behavior based upon whether it will help people or cause them to suffer.
            Why not just base moral behavior on what is good for yourself?
            -The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine.
            Sir James Jeans

            -This most beautiful system (The Universe) could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.All variety of created objects which represent order and Life in the Universe could happen only by the willful reasoning of its original Creator, whom I call the Lord God.
            Sir Isaac Newton

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Enjolras View Post
              You decide moral behavior based upon whether it will help people or cause them to suffer.
              Who decides? See Enjolras, that is the problem with "secular morality." There is no such definition, no such objective ethical goal. You may prefer behaviors that help others, someone else may not. Again my point in this thread is to show is that appealing "secular morality" over and above religiously based ethics get us no where.
              Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Quantum Weirdness View Post
                Why not just base moral behavior on what is good for yourself?
                Much of the time, being kind to others IS good for you.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Enjolras View Post
                  Much of the time, being kind to others IS good for you.
                  Yes, like what IS is doing? The Hutus? The Communists?
                  Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by seer View Post
                    Who decides? See Enjolras, that is the problem with "secular morality." There is no such definition, no such objective ethical goal. You may prefer behaviors that help others, someone else may not. Again my point in this thread is to show is that appealing "secular morality" over and above religiously based ethics get us no where.
                    People decide, just as people in religious systems decide who God is and what he wants. But in a secular system you avoid the middleman.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Enjolras View Post
                      People decide, just as people in religious systems decide who God is and what he wants. But in a secular system you avoid the middleman.
                      But losing the middleman is meaningless when deciding what it right or wrong.
                      Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Enjolras View Post
                        People decide, just as people in religious systems decide who God is and what he wants. But in a secular system you avoid the middleman.
                        "Middleman" . . .. You mean, like Jesus Christ?
                        The greater number of laws . . . , the more thieves . . . there will be. ---- Lao-Tzu

                        [T]he truth I’m after and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance -— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Truthseeker View Post
                          "Middleman" . . .. You mean, like Jesus Christ?
                          Any god, really.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Enjolras View Post
                            Much of the time, being kind to others IS good for you.
                            True. Now what happens when it isn't? For example, when a person made money from chattel slavery. Many of the families that had owned slaves in the late 18th and early 19th century got rich from this venture.
                            -The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine.
                            Sir James Jeans

                            -This most beautiful system (The Universe) could only proceed from the dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.All variety of created objects which represent order and Life in the Universe could happen only by the willful reasoning of its original Creator, whom I call the Lord God.
                            Sir Isaac Newton

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Quantum Weirdness View Post
                              True. Now what happens when it isn't? For example, when a person made money from chattel slavery. Many of the families that had owned slaves in the late 18th and early 19th century got rich from this venture.
                              What happens when isn't is that sometimes people do terrible things. One might note that much of the justification for slavery came from Christians and the Bible.

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