A person can be “good” without religious faith

A person can be “good” without religious faith

Yes, I believe that a person can be “good” without religious faith. As stated in this week readings many people believe in the “divine command theory” witch is the view that “the right thing to do is that which is ‘directed’ or ‘commanded’ by god.” I find this theory to be troublesome, because there are many different religions with differing positions on moral issues. My question to someone who believes in this theory is which god(s) is right and who’s commands should we take? I believe the answer to this question would depend on the religion of the person to which I am speaking, which of course invalidates the theory since there is no consistent response. Another theory that relates to god defined morality is natural law theory. This theory states the one should align themselves with “higher purposes” that are assigned from god. These higher purposes are not so much commandments, but more of an intent. I don’t subscribe to this theory either. How can anyone know what god wants? There have been countless crimes committed in the name of god, and there is no way to prove or disprove if they were following god’s intent.

Overall, I think people’s morality is mostly based on empathy. For example, I don’t steal because I know how it would affect me if I was stolen from. Having empathy does not involve the belief in a religion. However, some people have not either not be taught to have empathy or are lacking empathy due to a mental health issue. In a more functional sense, emphatic morality keeps societies under control and prevents them from devolving into chaos. Religious morality on the other hand has the potential for doing the exact opposite. People with extreme religious beliefs often do not have empathy toward others since they believe they are acting on behalf of god. For those who do not subscribe to any faith, their empathetic morality is just as valid as any religious belief system.

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