Can we have morality without God? Specifically will people without an objectively morality develop a reasonable set of morals atheists ,secularists and even some deists.
Can they achieve a level of ‘good’ morality and ethics without an objective overseer, whether it be a monotheistic god, karma, polytheistic gods or w/e supernatural objective being you prefer.
Im not posting this to debate their existence or non existence.
Im doing this to suggest regardless of their existence sentient humans beings are able to clearly define morality without a religious belief.
This is a response to a few posts i have seen on the site and in others places that are driving me a bit insane when i read them as I am an atheist and apart from a few failings I don't consider myself immoral and most people I know theistic or atheistic feel similarly. I think the majority of atheists, deists and secular thinking people feel similarly.
Clearly though in response to my own question though this is true. Do as an atheist I go around raping and murdering because I don't have morality defined for me ? No i do not nor do 99% of the people who share the atheist view or deistic view or whoever believes in subjective morality. If this was true why isn't it demonstrated in the prison systems and the legal systems of the world ? Clearly it should be the case.
There are a number of reasons this is true, especially with the self evident demonstration of reality. Even subjectively there are some things that as humans we find abhorrent for example child molestation and the harming of children is something that humans as a species detest, we will do so much to protect the young nearly anything regardless of our belief. Its harmful to societys, our continued existence and us on a person level.
As for stuff like stealing, murder and rape well we have empathy its something that most humans have but not all. But its a useful tool that allows us to coexist in reasonable state. Not to mention most of the things we consider bad are often harmful to societal functioning this differs from society to society as is shown in the different laws of different states and countries. Though clearly we are able as secular people define laws and morality logically as things that harm us on a human and societal level.
Suggesting that if there is no god we shouldn't care I find abhorrent and scary , very scary as a fellow human.
Also just on a side note i mentioned deists as deist is a belief in a power the created the universe being its a Being or something else. Not someone who ascribes to a particular religious belief like a Theist.
p.s. for fun will add poll dont disappoint me adisc I have "faith" in you