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Why would there be morals in a Godless world?

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on March 10, 2009

The answer to me is simple. It is more beneficial for humans to be organized in societies (tribes, villages, states, etc etc) than to live alone in the midst of the wilderness. I submitt that it is impossible to have a functioning society without moral codes. What kind of society could exist if everyone would have the inclination to kill the other, steal/rape their women and steal all their provisions. The only way we can have a functioning society is if we put some limitations on such animalistic drives, and thus morals. Some morals are so crucial that they have been codified into law in many societies. Some are less crucial and are only enforced by a collective wagging of the society’s finger or scorn. God did not give us morals. We created morals in order to create a union that would benefit all of us more than if all of us lived on our own. In other words, collaboration is the reason for our species’ success. Collaboration is impossible without morals. Thus the need to collaborate and live close to each other gave us morals. It is preposterous to say that the only source of morality is a God, when I think it is clear that our own need for survival mandates moral behaviour.

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