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28-03-2014, 10:26 PM
moral obligation
Do atheists have the moral obligation to encourage believers to think critically?
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28-03-2014, 10:49 PM
RE: moral obligation
If they're spreading hate and ignorance... Yes.

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28-03-2014, 10:51 PM
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(28-03-2014 10:49 PM)Paranoidsam Wrote:  If they're spreading hate and ignorance... Yes.
What if they're not? Should we through inaction allow them to potentially make countless decisions based on a probable illusion?
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28-03-2014, 11:02 PM
RE: moral obligation
(28-03-2014 10:51 PM)mknight Wrote:  
(28-03-2014 10:49 PM)Paranoidsam Wrote:  If they're spreading hate and ignorance... Yes.
What if they're not? Should we through inaction allow them to potentially make countless decisions based on a probable illusion?

If a religion is harmless, benign, peaceful, practices a "live and let live" approach, doesn't attempt to control others... Then as far as I'm concerned they can believe whatever they want.

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28-03-2014, 11:06 PM
RE: moral obligation
(28-03-2014 11:02 PM)Paranoidsam Wrote:  
(28-03-2014 10:51 PM)mknight Wrote:  What if they're not? Should we through inaction allow them to potentially make countless decisions based on a probable illusion?

If a religion is harmless, benign, peaceful, practices a "live and let live" approach, doesn't attempt to control others... Then as far as I'm concerned they can believe whatever they want.
You know of such a religion? And what if such an individual decided that he should commit suicide for his salvation, what then?
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28-03-2014, 11:07 PM
RE: moral obligation
(28-03-2014 10:26 PM)mknight Wrote:  Do atheists have the moral obligation to encourage believers to think critically?

In regards to my sense of appreciation for my species and any hope I possess for our future, yes, I have a moral obligation to myself as well as others.
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28-03-2014, 11:08 PM
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(28-03-2014 11:07 PM)Pickup_shonuff Wrote:  
(28-03-2014 10:26 PM)mknight Wrote:  Do atheists have the moral obligation to encourage believers to think critically?

In regards to my sense of appreciation for my species and any hope I possess for our future, yes, I have a moral obligation to myself as well as others.
I agree with you
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28-03-2014, 11:22 PM
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(28-03-2014 11:06 PM)mknight Wrote:  
(28-03-2014 11:02 PM)Paranoidsam Wrote:  If a religion is harmless, benign, peaceful, practices a "live and let live" approach, doesn't attempt to control others... Then as far as I'm concerned they can believe whatever they want.
You know of such a religion? And what if such an individual decided that he should commit suicide for his salvation, what then?

If a belief motivated someone to do something like that, then I wouldn't call it harmless.

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28-03-2014, 11:26 PM
RE: moral obligation
(28-03-2014 11:22 PM)Paranoidsam Wrote:  
(28-03-2014 11:06 PM)mknight Wrote:  You know of such a religion? And what if such an individual decided that he should commit suicide for his salvation, what then?

If a belief motivated someone to do something like that, then I wouldn't call it harmless.
How would you determine that a belief is harmless? Which religion promotes the 'live and let live' philosophy?
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28-03-2014, 11:30 PM
RE: moral obligation
(28-03-2014 11:26 PM)mknight Wrote:  
(28-03-2014 11:22 PM)Paranoidsam Wrote:  If a belief motivated someone to do something like that, then I wouldn't call it harmless.
How would you determine that a belief is harmless? Which religion promotes the 'live and let live' philosophy?
Doesn't Wicca?
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