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Is man capable of morals?

  1. Captain Redbeard profile image61
    Captain Redbeardposted 5 years ago

    Richard Dawkins poses the theory that studying the bible for its literature content is a great thing. However we should not follow its teachings. He feels that ones moral standards should not come from this book or any book for that matter but from someplace deep inside of man instead of outside of man. He stands on the view of morality from religion or faith is born of fear and intimidation of a God or gods that threaten with hell and punishment. He says that we should teach our children the golden rule of do unto others as you would have done unto you. But isn't this a play off of what Christ said? Love your neighbor as you love yourself.

    If you take a child from birth and raise him in a controled environment and keep philosophy and moral teachings from him would that child one day better himself for the sheer fact of bettering himself? If this child say developed a habit of biting his caretaker when he didn't like something and we didn't say, "Stop, don't do that! It's bad to behave this way. Treat me as you would like to be treated!" Would that child grow out of the habit of biting and suddenly realize one day, "WOW I should stop that, I bet it hurts."

    It's been said that you don't have to teach a child to lie but to tell the truth, you don't have to teach a child to be selfish but to share, so does this suggest that a person is born without morals and needs to be taught them? And if this is the case than is it a peice of evidence that there is a God that is trying to better us?

    1. Disappearinghead profile image86
      Disappearingheadposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Obviously if he read the gospels he didn't understand them as they teach a moral standard without any fear or intimidation. There are many people who although not acknowledging Messiah as God in the flesh do nevertheless acknowledge the moral message spoken.

      We all have an unbuilt 'moral law', though it varies from person to person. Therefore we cannot be sure that a child brought up without moral teachings would naturally manifest morality on their own. The fact that the world is full of evil commited by man should tell us that any inbuilt morality is insufficient to produce a moral society. Therefore it would appear necessary to teach morals as something to aspire to.

      Correct me if I'm wrong but wasn't the key theme of the novel 'Lord of the Flies' that without a moral code society completely disintegrates?

      1. Captain Redbeard profile image61
        Captain Redbeardposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Good point and that is one of my favorite stories for this very reason. The atheistic view of Dawkins is simple, now that we have answers to most questions like, is the world flat, do we revolve around the sun, what is gravity what is electricity so on and so forth that we no longer need to believe in mythical things like Gods. He believes in evolution whole heartedly and defends it admorably.

        He is by the way a true athiest who has studied, as far as I can tell, all religions and has found that he does not believe in any of them as apposed to the lazy athiest who says there is no God and does not seek him out.

        1. Disappearinghead profile image86
          Disappearingheadposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I have not read his book 'The God delusion' but if it is focused on answering questions about origins of the universe, evolution, astronomy, etc, then it would appear that his conclusion for God not existing is that we can explain these things scientifically without resorting to "God dunnit". However, thus far we have no explanation of conciousness from a complex arrangement of base chemicals, or the presence of morality.

          Without God, where do we set the baseline for right and wrong?
          A relativistic view on morality endorses the acts of Hitler, Stalin, and George W Bush.

          1. Captain Redbeard profile image61
            Captain Redbeardposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I agree with the moral baseline. Culture has blurred what is universaly right and wrong. What's culturaly exceptable does not mean it is right.

          2. Evolution Guy profile image59
            Evolution Guyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Or the Pope - LOLOL

            Without God - why would we not burn witches like the bible says.

            Iz that wot god sed innit?

            1. Captain Redbeard profile image61
              Captain Redbeardposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Deuteronomy 18:9-13, NIV. "When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God."

              Galatians 5:19-21, NIV. "The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; …drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God."

              8:19, TLB. "So why are you trying to find out the future by consulting witches and mediums. Don't listen to their whisperings and mutterings. Can the living find out the future from the dead? Why not ask your God?"

              Point out the part where it says to burn them

              1. Evolution Guy profile image59
                Evolution Guyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

                Nothing about burning. Guess you are right - they should just be murdered any old witch way.

                Morals from God. sad

                1. Captain Redbeard profile image61
                  Captain Redbeardposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  And I guess if you are defining witch you have to use the bibles definition which would be,

                  Deuteronomy 18:9-13, NIV. "When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead............."

                  Yes burn these people that burn their own children burn them crispy. I agree with God's moral base line.

                  1. Evolution Guy profile image59
                    Evolution Guyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    Another Liar for Jesus huh?

                    Odd that divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead - involves sacrificing a son or daughter. Weird - because I didn't get that. Did god tell you that into your head?

                    Glad you agree that those who practice divination or sorcery, interpret omens, engage in witchcraft, or cast spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead - should be murdered. Does that include reading Tarot cards? I guess so huh?

                    What a fantastic moral baseline. lol

                    Burn them crispy huh? Not let god judge? OK - Gotcha.

    2. profile image70
      paarsurreyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      One should not follow Richard Dawkins blindly; he is one faulty human beings like everybody among us.

      Morals are a subject of Religion and not Science.

      Morals come naturally from within of a person if one is righteous and is not selfish; these are also Revealed by the Creator God for benefit of human beings.

      1. Evolution Guy profile image59
        Evolution Guyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Like having sex with 11 year old girls as Allah said?

        1. Captain Redbeard profile image61
          Captain Redbeardposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          WHA?!

          1. Evolution Guy profile image59
            Evolution Guyposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Mohamed married an 11 year old girl. This is morally acceptable to paarsurry.

            Did you not know this?

            The Pope says condoms should not be used in Africa. This is a moral baseline.

            1. Captain Redbeard profile image61
              Captain Redbeardposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              The pope has no bearing on what God says, in fact the catholic church lives in hypocracy, they mix law with faith and try to live under both.

    3. A Troubled Man profile image61
      A Troubled Manposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Not at all, you dismiss other animals that have morals, so your theory falls flat.

  2. Lisa HW profile image82
    Lisa HWposted 5 years ago

    Young children who are loved and feel secure, and who have their needs met, will develop some "moral" behaviors just because their brain will develop well under those circumstances.  Children tend to come by things like empathy naturally when they're treated with empathy, and see it modeled by parents.  I, personally, can't say whether outgrowing a toddler's ego comes naturally at all.  Teaching a young child to think of others and care about others is how parents have children who outgrow those "two-year-old's egos".  "Teaching", however, doesn't have to include teaching anything Bible- or religious- related. 

    Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs points out that if the more basic needs of a person (child or adult) are met, that person will/can then go on to aiming toward meeting his "higher-thinking" needs).  This would suggest that the potential for that "higher thinking" is in every person.  Also, it's now been seen that there is a specific part of the brain associated with morality.  I'd assume (and I think I'm right here) that early nurturing plays a substantial role in the development of that part of the brain.  (In other words, if you "grow you child's brain correctly" you don't have to teach him quite as much when it comes to right, wrong, selflessness, selfishness, etc.)

    So, may answer here is:

    You have to teach a child some things - but not everything.
    You shouldn't teach children the wrong things (and sometimes un-do some of those right things which they've come by naturally). 
    You don't have to teach him/her Bible stuff or religious stuff - at all.
    Yes, man is capable of  morals if/when there's a certain amount of normal brain development.  Some morals/potential for morals comes naturally (often as a baby/child grows).  Some (particularly those related to social behavior) need to be taught.

  3. paradigmsearch profile image86
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    It do appear that morals are not innate. They must be taught.

  4. Robephiles profile image85
    Robephilesposted 5 years ago

    Ethics, as a philosophical study, has focused on reason and intuition to be the basis for moral behavior.  There are certain moral beliefs that seem to be innate in human interactions and when we come to moral imperatives that contradict each other in society, reason can often resolve them.  Nobody believes in an absolutist morality, even religious people.  This is how they are able to disregard certain teachings of the bible that seem irrelevant in our current society despite having a belief that the bible is the word of God. 

    When belief in God and reason contradict each other most people choose reason.  It is the people that don't choose reason that we brand "fanatics" and "terrorists."   This is a very small number of people.  If morals indeed came from the bible alone then our capacity for reason would be irrelevant to morality.  It goes back to the question asked by Plato, "Are things good because God commands them, or does God command them because they are good?"  If we accept that God is the sole moral authority of the universe then this paradox is unresolvable.

  5. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 5 years ago

    Is humankind capable of morals? Yes, they are capable of morals. My hub on morals shows exactly what the highest morals of humankind can possibly be, however, even though there is a highest moral standard, it doesn't mean it's achievable.

    The hub I wrote is based on the absolute highest moral ground, which would be either strictly by conscience and/or by what some might call "god's will". However, individual rights play a factor, so that means those on that hub are not achievable- which I have yet another hub that explains why not.

  6. earnestshub profile image89
    earnestshubposted 5 years ago

    Morals are easy to learn.
    Steal a bikers motorcycle and his girlfriend and you will learn morals really quickly.

    We have had plenty of time to sort out our morals since the first caveman who stole food from another caveman.

  7. profile image70
    paarsurreyposted 5 years ago

    The norm of a natural instinct is called morals; obviously one can attain the morals; the messengers prophets of the Creator God showed perfect moral; one such person was Jesus.

 
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