Kris has a great post on his blog positing two questions, “What is more beautiful, a universe as complex as ours being the product of a)infinitely small probability, random mutation and quantum whimsy or b) the hand of a divine, intelligent creator?” and “What is more profound, a sense of moral purpose and ethical behavior as the result of a) a desire to treat other human beings with respect and kindness for the sake of the human condition or b) a fear of God or the desire for reward in the hereafter?” In both instances, he chooses the first option, and I wholeheartedly agree.
In my opinion, a complex universe that mutates and evolves to create what we have is truly miraculous and beautiful. To say that God (or anyone else) created it all cheapens the wonder of nature. The same is true of ethical behavior. To say that I’m a well-behaved member of society out of fear (of God or otherwise) is truly an insult. Aren’t people capable of being good for the sake of, I don’t know, being good? I have come to a rational, logical decision not to anger the people around me (for various reasons), and for the past several years, I have successfully navigated life with a secular moral compass.
I could go on and on about this, so I’ll wrap it up here. I just wanted to point out that Kris made an excellent point and it’s a position that I’ve taken for quite a while.0 People like this. Be the first!