- Jun 17, 2012
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- Toronto, Canada
The net effect, in a utilitarian sense, might be the same, but intentions are as important as actions. A humanist doesn't kill someone because she knows killing is immoral. A religious man doesn't kill someone because he's afraid of a god's punishment. That difference is everything.
(I'm not saying religious folk are all murderers held back by fear of punishment; the point is to illustrate the difference between a rationalist/humanist morality, and a morality based on fear of supernatural retribution)
And that is a slippery slope.
If you block yourself from nefarious activity because of fear of God, and then determine that God does not exist, then what?