John Arthur 's Argument Against Religion Essay

1198 Words Jul 7th, 2016 null Page
There are many reasons to make morally right decisions. John Arthur argues that while religion provides many good reasons to make morally just decisions, it is not the only reason to do the right thing, so therefore religion is not necessary for morality. His argument is valid, but it is not sound. John Arthur’s argument is unsound because the “good non-religious reasons to be moral” that he speaks of are merely feelings of guilt, which stem from the knowledge of what is right or wrong that was based off of religious beliefs. In todays society the basis for right and wrong comes from the laws that legislature sets for society to follow. These laws cover everything from murder to lying. When lawmakers first attempted to set in stone the laws of the society the government was considered a highly respected and often religious activity. Due to the crossover between religion and politics, the men who were leaders in politics were often also religious leaders. So it makes sense that their religious beliefs would cross over to the laws for the country. In the bible, specifically The Ten Commandments, it speaks that adultery, murder, lying, and stealing are all wrong and immoral, and it is not a coincidence that the same religious sins are illegal or immoral in modern culture. Religion is necessary for moral motivation because without it there would be no basis for what is objectively right and wrong. When a person does something immoral, weather or not they are breaking a law…

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