Morality Can Be Defined As The Principles That Govern Good Behavior

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Morality can be defined as the principles that govern good behavior. From the novel “Riveted” by Jim Davies (Davies, 2014), we learn about how religion helps defines people’s conduct. We also subsequently learn that religious people find it perplexing as to how atheists could have any morality at all. The tendency for the religious person to belief that anyone cannot be a moral agent without religion would be my target example. What the target example may overlook is the fact that morality is something innate in everybody and one does not necessary have to be religious to be have good morals. I am going to use the class lecture on morality as my base example to help prove my point - that morality is something that everyone has and morality has been passed on to humans through the evolutionary linkages.

From the class lecture on morality, we learnt that all humans have morality and it evolved to help us take care of the other people in our groups. In general, we know that morality evolved because evolved and well-learned behaviors work faster than deliberate ones. Also, when you force people to play a prisoner’s dilemma game quickly, they are more likely to cooperate. This goes to show that people are naturally persuaded to do the right thing and everyone seems to possess the ability to distinguish between good from bad. So, this goes to show that religion is not what gives us our morality but morality is something that everyone possesses.

In the book, Riveted, the…

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