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« Topic Start: November 10, 2007, 07:24:17 am »

There has been a lot of discussion about religion and morals, I was wondering...

How do religiously imposed morals or behaviours effect society nowadays when there is Very little consistency in the religious beliefs of a community?

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« Reply #1: November 10, 2007, 08:05:22 am »

How do religiously imposed morals or behaviours effect society nowadays when there is Very little consistency in the religious beliefs of a community?

Even in the US, they only seem to have a great deal of effect if the local community is mostly of one specific religion or if the moral rules under discussion are extremely common (that is, found in most religions and cultures -- things like don't murder, don't steal, etc.).  Here they often shape the political debate, however.
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« Reply #2: November 10, 2007, 07:58:16 pm »

There has been a lot of discussion about religion and morals, I was wondering...

How do religiously imposed morals or behaviours effect society nowadays when there is Very little consistency in the religious beliefs of a community?



I agree with what Randall said, but also I think that as far as the younger generations are concerned many aren't even aware that some of the morals imposed upon them have come indirectly from a religious source. A lot of people whom I went to college with felt like they were rebelling against 'society' when they stole, or had pre-marital sex, or were disrespectful to their parents. The fact that these morals come from a religious, Christian, background didnt matter, as society had taken them onboard. Consequently I feel like the society in which I was bought up in had dropped religion, but kept its morals.
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« Reply #3: November 10, 2007, 08:16:15 pm »

I agree with what Randall said, but also I think that as far as the younger generations are concerned many aren't even aware that some of the morals imposed upon them have come indirectly from a religious source. A lot of people whom I went to college with felt like they were rebelling against 'society' when they stole, or had pre-marital sex, or were disrespectful to their parents. The fact that these morals come from a religious, Christian, background didnt matter, as society had taken them onboard. Consequently I feel like the society in which I was bought up in had dropped religion, but kept its morals.

I would argue, actually, that they didn't have the morals they claimed - they were deliberately transgressing against /mores/, but not /morals/.  If you asked them, they probably had a reason why this was "moral" .. and they were probably also doing in public what they at least believed people in their parent's generation were doing and getting away with in private.
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