With ConcernedThinker’s blessing, I’m re-blogging his post because it is a very eloquent summary of my position as an atheist. Unfortunately, not all atheists are on this page. Neither are all Christians for that matter. Many on both sides of the “void” could learn a thing or two from what ConcernedThinker says.
by CONCERNEDTHINKER August 9, 2015 ~
At best, religion gives people bad reasons to be good. At worst, it leads them to commit senseless atrocities in the name of divinity. Many religious believers assert that morality cannot exist without gods. They view morality as divine, rather than human. In reality, morality is at the core of what it means to be human.
We know that consciousness arises from a series of chain reactions which occur within the nervous system. Our subjective experiences are part of consciousness. These subjective experiences are the basis of morality. Moral actions are those which promote general well-being and immoral actions are those which spread suffering or diminish well-being. This view of morality is so simple that it’s often dismissed without much consideration.
Intuitively, we know that it’s wrong to cause suffering. Mirror neurons allow us to share the experiences of those around us, which causes empathy. Empathy uses the basic principles of experiential morality to influence our behaviors. We really want to help other people. We really want to make their lives better. Our altruism comes from our consideration for the experiences of others. Altruism is a “good” reason act morally
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