So vital were these rules to our survival that for thousands of years we did not dare to admit that we had formulated them, lest this expose them to critical scrutiny and irreverent handling.We had to pretend that morality came from the heavens in order to insulate it from our own laziness and disregard.Our dates were lively and fun, and he was really cute.It had been ages since I’d felt that way about anyone, and I was so happy and relieved.Christianity used to have list of seven key virtues that it believed all its followers should heed.Who knows how many virtues a non-believer might choose to be guided by – but I’d say that we need some kind of list to correct our worst tendencies.
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Religious codes began as cautionary precepts, which were projected into the sky and reflected back to earth in disembodied and majestic forms.
Injunctions to be sympathetic or patient stemmed from an awareness that these were the qualities that could draw societies back from fragmentation and self-destruction.
Even for a lifelong atheist, there is something interesting about these efforts. The standard answer is that we can’t learn anything, because religious morality comes from God, which by definition atheists have no time for.
Yet the origins of religious ethics couldn’t, of course (as far as an atheist is concerned), have come from God, they lay in the pragmatic need of our earliest communities to control their members’ tendencies towards violence, and to foster in them contrary habits of harmony and forgiveness.