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dBrong
11-20-2010, 11:10 PM
Where does morality come from? Reflecting on what he calls “the appalling insinuation that I would not know right from wrong if I was not supernaturally guided,….” Christopher Hitchens takes on the likes of Jonathan Swift, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Darwin in making his case for atheism


The first 10-12 minutes are good!


http://www.hoover.org/multimedia/uncommon-knowledge/26814

Eric
11-21-2010, 05:26 AM
The first 10-12 minutes are good!


http://www.hoover.org/multimedia/uncommon-knowledge/26814

He's got a good point; several of them!

I'm not a believer and one of the reasons why I came to that view is that I knew I didn't need the threat of punishment (or the enticement of reward) to behave honestly, treat people decently and so on. Further, I really have a problem with the evangelical notion of "saved by grace" - i.e., you can literally be Hitler or Stalin, have murdered millions and been a sadist you're entire life, but so long as you "accept the Lord" 5 minutes before they hang you, you're "forgiven."

That doctrine makes me want to puke.