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Cafe Skeptique: Does Religiosity Correlate With Morality?

CFI Ontario's Cafe Skeptique is a fun and fascinating discussion group that focuses on a range of topics within the realm of skepticism such as pseudo-science, alternative medicine, conspiracy theories, etc. It's open to the public and everyone is welcome to join in!

This month's topic: Does Religiosity Correlate With Morality?i.e. Are Atheists More (or Less) Moral Than Casual Theists? Than Religious Fundamentalists?

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  • Bruce Gavin W.

    very animated discussion!

    December 16, 2012

  • Danny

    The religious believers will pick and choose the moral ideas, principles and concepts from the literature in their holy books and ignore or try to justify the immoral ones.

    The argument can also be made that as long as there is bad along with the good then religiosity does not correlate with morality because there has to immoral acts performed for there to be moral ones but in my mind as long as an attempt is made to be moral a correlation exists.

    Once again Good Topic Phil!

    December 16, 2012

  • Danny

    I struggled a bit with this topic. At first I interpreted this as asking the question do you need religion to be moral, which of course for people that do not believe nor follow any religions could make a pretty good case and present good evidence for no you do not need religion to be moral.

    The question being asked, however, was does religiosity correlate with morality? We agreed that religiosity was the level of belief in a religion. John made the point that the higher the level of belief in a religion the less correlation there is with morality. I agree with this but, whatever the level or intensity of belief is, I think that there are many ideas, principles and concepts within any religion that do correlate or are compatible with morality. Having said this, there are also many ideas, principles and concepts within religion that are absolutely not moral and do not correlate or are compatible with morality.

    December 16, 2012

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