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Moral Choice Without Religion – “The God Delusion” – Richard Dawkins

April 20th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Atheism, Humanism, Morality, Philosophy, Religion

If we reject Deuteronomy and Leviticus (as all enlightened moderns do), by what criteria do we then decide which of religion’s moral values to accept} Or should we pick and choose among all the world’s religions until we find one whose moral teaching suits us? If so, again we must ask, by what criterion do we choose? And if we have independent criteria for choosing among religious moralities, why not cut out the middle man and go straight for the moral choice without the religion?

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  • Alyson Cruise

    The reasons for rejecting Deuteronomy and Leviticus have nothing to do with moral choice. See the writings Saint Aquinas for the setting out of them in logical format, but the short version is that only the parts reiterated in the New Testament apply and following the others as an act of faith is a mortal sin.

    Your conception of “enlightened moderns” needs to be adjusted to include the church fathers of the 7th century AD.