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Archive for Thursday, October 20, 2005

Right and wrong

October 20, 2005

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To the editor:

In response to Glenn Hinkle's letter, "No religion?", I believe Mr. Hinkle's taking it a little far with "We'll all be reduced to animal survival of the strongest." Where does that come in? Why would we be reduced to that? No religion does not mean people don't have morals. I'm sure there were plenty of atheists who marched for blacks' rights. And plenty of agnostics are helping out with the results of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Just because they don't believe in God does not mean they don't know right from wrong. I know plenty of atheists who have good morals. They may be more relaxed than those of more religious people, but they know right from wrong.

People would stand up against sweat shops and discrimination regardless of their religion. People would have figured out that the slavery of African-Americans and the oppression of women was wrong. Someone would have said, "Hey, we don't like this, and we're going to do something about it." It's not hard to see wrong from right.

Mr. Hinkle makes it seem that the world would be this dark, scary place, where everything is wrong, and no one has morals or is kind. Religion may play a big part in many people's lives, but without it, I'm sure we'd make due.

As a Christian, I am taking into account all lessons learned in my many years of Sunday school, confirmation and sermons. I know wrong from right, my atheist friends know wrong from right; it's not hard.

Taylor Fulton,

Lawrence

Comments

Jeff Barclay 9 years, 2 months ago

Not only is there no known natural mechanism for evolution, there is no anthropological evidence of humans ever having moral codes, separate from a religion. Evolutionist atheism is a relatively new way of looking at life. It did not catch on until the late 1700's and gained momentum after Darwin's publications. Most evolutionists expect the protection of moral codes, without excepting the fact that these codes came from religion and the belief in God or gods. Atheists know wrong from right because of religion, not evolutionary naturalism.

Richard Heckler 9 years, 2 months ago

How would one explain the behavior of so many in the Bush admin who have lied to the public including Pres. Bush? How would one explain the fraudlent use of political campaign funny? Guess so many of the church going politicians are still waiting to discover right from wrong?

Most of us are taught right from wrong through parental guidance who may have gathered their wisdom from their parents and life's experience.

Spoken1 9 years, 2 months ago

Sorry, I don't feel that proves or disproves anything Barclay.

Bradley Kemp 9 years, 2 months ago

Barclay:

Do you think that, say, murder is morally wrong because God says it is wrong? Or do you think God says that it's wrong because it is wrong for some other reason?

craigers 9 years, 2 months ago

We are all hard wired with a conscience that tells us right from wrong. Wired by a creator. However, when asked to explain why these people that are on the Bush administration make wrong choices, we can't. Just because you can tell right from wrong doesn't mean you always choose the right answer. We all make mistakes and people choose the wrong decision all the time because they justify choosing the wrong answer to themselves. We have all heard the "It's okay to steal this CD because the company has insurance or it makes enough profit to make this loss up." People justify their choices all the time, but it doesn't make them right. Moral choices do come from God and the hard wiring he does in us.

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