Are You A Moral Person? Really?
People seem wont to talk about whether believers or atheists are more moral or if either are.
There is an unstated presumption here: We should be ‘moral’ whatever that happens to mean today. I ask the simple question: why?
When you answer the question of why the what, where, and when become pretty apparent. Morality is more about conformity than altruism. Altruism is just the icing on the cake, the shiny bits.
Sure, don’t lie, cheat, or steal… but if you lived alone in the mountains what would that have to do with morality? If you have no opportunity to ‘sin’ are you moral? What does morality mean if there is no one around to see you being moral? None of the biblical morality has anything to do with being a good person who happens to live alone in the mountains. You have to be around other people for that morality to be of any use. It’s not about being good, it’s about conforming.
Go on then, have the conversation with a religionist. What good is biblical morality to a person living alone …. ?