Post # 62
I don’t neccesarily belive in “God” but I believe the world we live in is way too complicated to have been created out of thin air by a “Big Bang” (or whatever new theory is out there).
I also grew up Catholic. Do I think this taught me morals? Sort of. I think any sensible person is going to know right from wrong if they have religion or not.
Post # 63
@TwoCityBride: It has not happened to me personnally. I’m agnostic though, maybe it appears to be less conflictual with religious people because I do not quite ”believe the opposite”, I simply don’t know. So maybe they don’t feel contradicted or confronted and are more comfortable with it, while being atheist often comes with a lot of misconceptions and judgements from others.
I always say, as a joke, that if there is indeed a God, and he sees through our hearts, then I’m probably more virtouous than many people who claim to be part of this religion or this one. I do not worry about the quality of my soul or my values and dignity as a human being. I feel comfortable with the choices I make in my life, and I truly believe I have good values and am a good person.
Post # 64
Luckily I don’t get a lot of flack about it because I live in a very liberal & not very religious area. I was raised Catholic and retain a lot of basic Christian values, something that I often see people who claim to be Christian are lacking. I would probably best be described as agnostic. I know lots of very morally good people who have never been religious. So I don’t think religion has anything to do with it, although many religious teaching encourage good morals, so I think they have practical merit in that way, especially for children. However when people don’t think critically about them, there is the potential for them to cause immoral behavior. Especially when religion has become so heavily politicized.