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    Re: Would you vote for an Atheist?

    [QUOTE=windowdressing;1062238864]Do you need to believe in God in order to care about other human beings, to be responsible, etc.? I'm an agnostic, as is my wife, and we have two sons who are agnostics as well (although we always told them that it was up to them to believe in God, etc.), and both have moral compasses that any parent, Christian or atheist, would be proud of. What do they base their morals on do you think?[/QUOTE]

    What you have taught them I assume.

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    Re: Would you vote for an Atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    The psychological theory is always there but it doesn't feel that way to me.
    when we have hope, we're more likely to act ... praying to a God works for you and that's cool ... but please don't tell people who don't believe in God that they don't have a moral compass ... seriously, think about it ...

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    Re: Would you vote for an Atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quag View Post
    Umm if you believe there is no god how can you be Christian?

    *edit* the golden rule was not an invention of Jesus either it has been around much longer and espoused by many religions

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    Wiki shmiki I'm using Judeo Christian values because that is what I am most familiar with but good point that other religions profess the same values.

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    Re: Would you vote for an Atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Wiki shmiki I'm using Judeo Christian values because that is what I am most familiar with but good point that other religions profess the same values.
    non religious philosophies as well
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    Re: Would you vote for an Atheist?

    [QUOTE=sawyerloggingon;1062238891]
    Quote Originally Posted by windowdressing View Post
    Do you need to believe in God in order to care about other human beings, to be responsible, etc.? I'm an agnostic, as is my wife, and we have two sons who are agnostics as well (although we always told them that it was up to them to believe in God, etc.), and both have moral compasses that any parent, Christian or atheist, would be proud of. What do they base their morals on do you think?[/QUOTE]

    What you have taught them I assume.
    that's right, and it wasn't based on a belief in God ... tell me something ... if we had absolute proof today that there was no God, would your moral compass change?

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    Re: Would you vote for an Atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quag View Post
    non religious philosophies as well
    It's because the majority of morality that evolved along side human society, in part to help that society run better, can be rather standard across board. There are regional differences and some big breaks with traditional morality in societies that had a different evolutionary path. But generally what helps society prosper and function can be quite similar across the board.
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    Re: Would you vote for an Atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Christianity revolves around the acceptance of the one true god and that jesus is our savior come from heaven to forgive your sins. That's the definition. If you don't believe in Jesus and God and all that, then you cannot be Christian even if you share similar morality. Furthermore, the morality reflected in Christianity is just the morality that evolved in our Western cultures and that we wrote into our religions for societal reinforcement.
    People interpret the bible in different ways, I am not a fundamentalist bible thumper, the book has been altered to much by man to take literally. You have to look for the root messages in it.

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    Re: Would you vote for an Atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Christianity revolves around the acceptance of the one true god and that jesus is our savior come from heaven to forgive your sins. That's the definition. If you don't believe in Jesus and God and all that, then you cannot be Christian even if you share similar morality. Furthermore, the morality reflected in Christianity is just the morality that evolved in our Western cultures and that we wrote into our religions for societal reinforcement.
    well put ...

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    Re: Would you vote for an Atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    People interpret the bible in different ways, I am not a fundamentalist bible thumper, the book has been altered to much by man to take literally. You have to look for the root messages in it.
    I think there are quite a few very nice messages within the bible and there's quite a bit of shared morality, but to be Christian I'm pretty sure you have to believe in Christ, and not just as some dude but THE dude. Seems part and parcel to the whole thing.
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    Re: Would you vote for an Atheist?

    Quote Originally Posted by windowdressing View Post
    when we have hope, we're more likely to act ... praying to a God works for you and that's cool ... but please don't tell people who don't believe in God that they don't have a moral compass ... seriously, think about it ...
    I'll mull it over. I'm just going by atheist I know IRL but that of course is anecdotal evidence.

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