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Religion & Morality

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Dawkins' sees many issues with the idea of religious morality. For him, the idea of religion completely
demeans the idea of `21st century reason'.
For Dawkins, religion cannot co-exist with reason (morality). Therefore, religion & morality have NO
Criticisms of Religion: Dawkins has issues with the foundations on which religion is built. He believes
that the idealised martyrdom renders religions foundations useless when making moral decisions
and leads to terrorism and that religious attempts at morality are demeaned by the idea that an
"alpha male in the sky" can command murder and it would be acceptable leads to his naming of
religion as `The Unreason'(Counter-DCT). Dawkins is also extremely critical of the indoctrination of
children into a religion at a young age; he uses the Colorado Hell Houses to convey this.
Evolution: Dawkins believes that morality evolves and is not `taught' or `given' by God. For him,
morality is nothing more that the human maximisation of opportunity or doing things that benefit us.
The most obvious opportunity being self preservation and survival of the species.
Even religious people use morality which is not based on the bible. I.e the shift from accepting stoning
people to death to now `ignoring it'. Therefore it is not from religion.…read more

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Christianity (Dawkins'
most criticised
It makes sense that religion) has been
morality should be the responsible for Humans are
result of an ongoing Colorado Hell Houses animals. It
evolutionary process. etc. Things which wouldn't be too
Science has evolved. seem to go against unimaginable to
Perhaps morality has. humanity & morality. believe that self-
But has religion? preservation or
"a desire to not
would certainly
support this?)
The bible could support Some aspects of religion
Dawkins. In the story of `The (scripture, teachings) are
Good Samaritan' two `holy undeniably morally contradictory-
men' passed the dying man. e.g. Martyrdom has inevitably led
The Samaritan did not. Morally, to terrorism in the past.
it is right to help the man- so
why did the two men of God
ignore him?…read more

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His approach can Humans are
sometimes seem as more than just
extreme as the animals and
religion he is have a further
criticising. Does this agenda than self
demoralise his preservation.
argument as he says Selfless acts?
it does religions?
His pursuit of finding the Religious morality is also evolving.
absolute truth is limited. Taking and using different
Science is theoretical. elements to do what is `right' in
society now is not a crime.…read more


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