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"All of us, believer and non-believer, are redeemed when we follow our conscience…

07 Jan

"All of us, believer and non-believer, are redeemed when we follow our conscience and do the right thing. We are the only creatures on this planet to develop morality, because of all God's creatures, we are the ones who most need it."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/22/pope-francis-good-atheists_n_3320757.html

 

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  1. Ken Foreman

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    January 7, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Snarkiness aside, could it be that morality is an emergent property of intelligence or sentience?

    A being intelligent enough to form a society and become the dominant form of life on earth must also develop a property to discern "right action"?

    You don't need to be Catholic or Christian to believe in doing the right thing for others. Morality may truly be an emergent human trait.

     
  2. Alex Scrivener

    Alex ScrivenerNo Gravatar

    January 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Yes. Morality flows from our nature. To do good is to be fully human.

     
  3. Nick Beenham

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    January 8, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Morality is subjective, what may seem moral to one may be amoral to another. You can see this in the world today, honor killings while abhorrent and extreme to some are morally justified to others (I'm in the former camp). Morality is often defined by the society you live in. I like what Pope Frank says in general, as a person without a belief system I still have a very distinct sense of what is right and wrong. Rather than trying to get to heaven I am driven by my own internal reward system. It feels good to be nice to people.

     
  4. Ken Foreman

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    January 8, 2014 at 10:43 am

    +Nick Beenham : There haven't been "Honor Killings" in Catholicism since the Middle Ages and the Crusades.  Even the Vatican struggles with the righteousness of the Inquisition and Crusades today, with much the same struggle as the US does over slavery and racism today.

    Martyrdom (to die peacefully for one's beliefs) has existed since Christ walked the earth.  No Saint in the Roman Catholic Church was ever recognized for plunging a knife into another or taking the lives of many.

    Morality is subjective, but basic Rights are not.  I should not eat while you starve.  I should not live if it means you die.  I should not bask in comfort if it means you suffer.  You can't argue moral relativism about basic necessities and human dignity.

    It doesn't take being a Catholic or Christian or even Religious to have basic human decency or compassion.  Decency and Compassion are human traits that go ignored if it means Power or Authority, so the concept of Morality enters the picture.