The Relationship Between Religion and Morality Essay

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In one of our EN 102 session, we watched the documentary “Middle sexes, Redefining He and She” which educates us about inter-sexed people. Filmmaker Antony Thomas explores the issue of gender and sex, presents facts and imagery of varying expressions of gender in various cultures, and introduces scientific studies that support gender roles are not as simple as male and female. This powerful film evokes strong emotions; it is troubling to witness the intolerance and aggression that the characters and their families have to deal with every day.
In the film, Noah’s parents and stepfather fear for Noah’s safety because he does not behave or dress like a typical 8 year-old boy; ironically, they live in a “God loving, church going tight
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If religion promotes kindness and altruism, why does Noah’s mother feel isolated and frighten? Mostly, if religion correlates with morality, how can Gwen’s murder happened in a predominantly Christian community?
For my research project, I would like to examine if religion correlates with morality and is religion necessary for morality. Throughout the age of humanity many people have come to believe that one cannot be moral without religion. Even though there is an overwhelming amount of evidence, studies, and research that denies the correlation between religion and morality; the religious community argues that without God, our society will descent into moral chaos. Theists find it difficult to understand how atheists develop moral principles and what motivates non-believers to do good deeds without the guidance of a supernatural being. The religious community claims that we need a higher deity to restrain ourselves from self-centeredness and self-destructiveness. In the book, The Purpose Driven Life, author Reverend Rick Warren implies that without a belief in resurrection, nonreligious people have no reason to be decent. Similarly, Albert Mohler, head of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary expresses “Without God there are no moral absolutes. There is no authentic knowledge of right Blanken 3 and wrong” (qtd. in Epstein 3). In addition, former policy analyst for

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