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Re: [humanism-174] Dan Henninger

From: Hos
Sent on: Friday, November 21, 2008 8:16 PM
There was something very peculiar in that  article. It didn't just blame atheists, but "Northerners" for their attitude toward "Southern evangelicals". I wonder, is that supposed to mean, the root of all economic problems is the loss of the "war of northern aggression" and  the slave labor force by southern evangelicals?

On Thu, Nov 20, 2008 at 11:24 PM, Nathaniel <[address removed]> wrote:
For those who didn't read this, he's basically blaming the financial crisis on our society's decaying morals. Bankers and businessmen apparently used to have strong religious values that prevented them from being greedy and exploitative!
 
"It has been my view that the steady secularizing and insistent effort at dereligioning America has been dangerous...Northerners and atheists who vilify Southern evangelicals are throwing out nurturers of useful virtue with the bathwater of obnoxious political opinions.
 
The point for a healthy society of commerce and politics is not that religion saves, but that it keeps most of the players inside the chalk lines. We are erasing the chalk lines."
 
I'll agree with him to some degree. Religion is often successful at controlling people's behavior, sometimes for the better.
 
"Responsibility and restraint are moral sentiments. Remorse is a product of conscience. None of these grow on trees. Each must be learned, taught, passed down."
 
All of these values can be taught with or without religion. Why is it so hard for some people to believe that you can have decent values without religion?
 
 
2008/11/20 Hollis Geary <[address removed]>:
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