Does religion fosters morality or it is inherent in humans?

@Fulltank (2894)
November 19, 2009 4:55pm CST
In my own account, I consider myself a religious person, but not that deep religions concept thing. As every human have goodness in their heart, morality follows. Religion helps too, but not all the time they are correct. Morality is one basic teaching by religions, and we often go along with it. But when the goodness in our heart will disappear, there goes the morality too. Do you think morality depend on religion or to our inner self?
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
20 Nov 09
Hi Fulltank, I don't believe that religion has anything to do with morality, in fact some the most immoral young people I've ever met were raised in religious homes. Certainly, this is not true in all cases but enough to show that religious teachings doesn't help much unless it stresses love instead of fear. Blessings.
@Fulltank (2894)
• Philippines
21 Nov 09
Just curious though, how can a person knows what is morally correct from the other, if no one teacher that person about it?
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@Pose123 (21662)
• Canada
21 Nov 09
Hi again Fulltank, I believe that most people know what is morally right. We don't need religion to teach us that, and of course parents can and many do, teach it to their children. The men whom most of the world's great religions claim to follow, including Jesus Christ, made it quite clear, and a lot of it is nothing like what is being taught by religions today. Jesus taught a way of life that is second to none but he did not start a religion. Christianity was a religion built up around the historical figure Jesus Christ and only a fragment of his teachings remain. Blessings.
@KrauseHome (36752)
• United States
15 Jun 11
Personally the Morality issue is a lot depending on a person's self beliefs in themselves, what they are looking for, and peer pressure. It also depends a lot on the influences around them, and the way that they have been brought up as well. Even someone who is a Christian will falter if they are not strong, and it is always their faith and acceptance for sure. Goodness helps as in a Self Conscience, but you need to be ready and prepared so you will be strong when things like this are presented to them as well.
@didi13 (2926)
• Romania
19 May 11
There is a connection between religion and morality in the sense that most religious people are the most barbaric (see people of African or Muslim). On the other side are countries where religious people are in the minority (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Japan etc) and where a high degree of civilization of the people is well known. There may be different religions in the public space, but on condition that these beliefs will not be displayed or not at all ostentatious. In Romania, no one can talk about something like this: Patriarch of the Orthodox Church to attend proceedings in Parliament, MPs say atheists are dangerous people, gay and Hungarian Catholics or Calvinists are beaten in the street-Orthodox fascist groups (new law), you repent aggresses the door and down the street with propaganda leaflets. In such conditions it is hard to sit back and witness how some are indoctrinated fanatic liking law without little respect for other minorities. About the link between the number of crimes and there are many statistics degree of religiosity: the more people it's faithfulness to both the number of crimes is higher (see Europe vs. U.S., in Europe, which is more secular than the United States are far fewer crimes per capita, and even inside the U.S. "most violent countries are those of the so-called" Bible-Belt ", the most religious states USA) Religion has dominated public life and law in the past and I saw where it was: the Inquisition, the Crusades, abuse, etc. discrimiari. Modern and prosperous world we see around us just due to the Enlightenment that brought Europe to the Middle Ages and were mostly atheists or agnostics (Voltaire, Rousseau, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln in the U.S., etc.).
@inedible (768)
• Singapore
19 Nov 09
How do you define morality without religion? You can say helping others is "good", but why is this so? I think morality cannot exist without religion because it's religion that defines morality in the first place. The "good" values that the modern unreligious hold to were defined by religion in the first place. Personally, I think humans are inherently selfish, not good. Even in a "religious" society, examples of human selfishness are depressingly numerous.