Online Followup Discussion to "Ethics of Christianity and Atheism"

From: Frank B.
Sent on: Monday, August 29, 2011 2:46 PM

Hi SBS Members!

Lee Snetting, SBS attendee to our recent "Ethics of Christianity and Atheism" Meetups, has a followup question he'd like to ask you online; please respond on our SBS Meetup website's SBS Discussion Forums page, at...

http://www.meetup.com/Secular-Bible-Study/messages/boards/thread/15310262

(Or, to go there from our SBS Meetup Website, use the site's main menu bar go to Discussions>Message Board>SBS Discussion Forums), and click the discussion topic, "Followup Online Discussion to 'Ethics of Christianity and Atheism' Meetups") -- Frank, SBS OrgComRep:

Lee asks you...
"I am a strong believer and committed theist.  I also believe in evolution and find no conflict between my spiritual beliefs and evolution.  As I mentioned at our last meetup on religious & atheist perspectives on ethics, I believe our decisions to act morally are primarily made based on our learned behavior and I believe neither believers nor atheists, based solely on their spiritual or atheist beliefs, are more likely to act morally in any given situation.  But, I also agree with August's claim that our moral character has an evolutionary genetic basis.  One question I didn't know how to ask at our last meetup and so I am asking it now is:  What, from your perspective as a believer or an atheist, compels you to choose moral choices over self-serving choices as you conduct your life?  In other words, I am asking for opinions on why, from an atheist or a believer perspective, you believe life has meaning and purpose or it doesn't?  And, if you should believe life has no purpose, then why should we choose to act morally at times choosing to take actions that potentially would or could require us to sacrifice or risk our own well-being for the sake of others?"

(P.S. from Frank -- we also have an inquiry from long-time SBS member Teresa Klostreich as to whether SBSers would like to attend an informal picnic; let her know what you think in the SBS Discussion Forum thread, "Saturday?")

(P.P.S. And don't miss our upcoming 1stU-SBS Joint Meetup on the role of women in the rise of Christianity! Our 2-week pre-announcement is coming in just 1 day! RSVP while you're online!)

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