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  •  No, Not Quite (none)
    Morals come from people, not religion.

    Religion comes from people, remember?

    Morals are what people generally decide that they are.  Morals change with people.

    Do the words 'Victorian era' ring any bells?

    If communities tend to reduce the role of religion in members' lives, the more they tend to utilize other institutions to justify, enforce and disseminate morality and other rules of personal/social conduct.

    The idea that religion spawns moral or, more accurately put, acceptable and consciencious behavior, puts the cart before the horse.

    Scandinavians aren't generally less moral people, they're just generally less religious.

    •  I tend to agree (none)
      Here in Norway less than 50 percent even believe in God, yet violent crime is much less rampant than in the States. The prisons of the world aren't filled with secular humanists.

      Europeans are to Americans what Greeks were to Romans. Educated slaves. - Luigi Berzini

      by Sirocco on Tue Nov 16, 2004 at 04:01:33 AM PST

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