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Subj: Morality is progressive, and is decided by society.
Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 at 09:38:33 am EST (Viewed 216 times)

I'm putting forth two ideas:

1) Morality is progressive. A simple premise. Society changes, generally becomes more liberal; more civil rights are granted to women and minorities, and transgressing those rights is deemed immoral. And that is what morality mostly pertains to; how you treat others.

2) Rather than being written in stone, morality is decided by society, and subject to change. An easy example is slavery. At one time, America agreed that slavery was morally acceptable. The Founding Fathers of America engaged in slavery. Society progressed and deemed it not only immoral, but outright evil. A more relevant example could be the rapid progress on women rights in the work place (what was tacitly acceptable 10 years ago is different than now).

Society decides what is right and wrong, and the punishment for transgressing those agreed-upon boundaries is a social one, not a spiritual one. You become a social pariah and possibly lose employment opportunities. The law takes care of the rest. I would argue that this is a more severe punishment than eternal damnation, because this is the life we're living now. Anyone can say that Jesus (or whoever) has forgiven them, but the real test is whether your peers have forgiven you.

Religious morality is only relevant to believers (and faux-believers), and even then is only subject to the afterlife.

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