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RE: Papal Hypocrisy?
I was thinking about your comment on the happiness thread and how 'higher' moralities may be just disguised evolutionary mechanisms. If so, all of us here interested in boiling religions just live at a higher level of delusion than the religious masses?
What's the difference between believing that 'being moral is noble and good'' and believing in God and an afterlife'? Shouldn't Z and other atheists just acknowledge the moral life to be a psychological crutch and embrace the moral vacuum instead?[/QUOTE]
The evolutionary argument is a hypothesis open to falsification. Are religious fundamentalists 'fitter' than wishy-washy agnostics? While this doesn't tell you if wishy-washyness is also some unconscious evolutionary scheme or not, it should tell you if embracing god simply is better than hand-wringing over epistemological subtleties, I guess. Isn't there evidence that religious people are happier?
The difference between the two cases you contrast, for me, is that being moral for it's own sake is apparently less selfish than believing in a deity.
What's your professional opinion..is all of this just vanity?