No morality without religion

I always read the Gwynne Dyer Column. On world politics he is interesting, sometimes alarming, and always full of facts and statistics. But on the topic of religion, he is not well informed. He does a lot of groping, sometimes to the point of actually being humorous, which is an entertaining touch.

I always read the Gwynne Dyer Column. On world politics he is interesting, sometimes alarming, and always full of facts and statistics. But on the topic of religion, he is not well informed. He does a lot of groping, sometimes to the point of actually being humorous, which is an entertaining touch.

In his column of Dec. 26 (The false equation of religion), Dyer attempts to justify a myth by groping wildly for supporting facts.

Essentially, he is reviving an old and ongoing debate, Can you have morality without religion? He states, “thousands of politicians, religious leaders, and generals in every country” would answer ‘No’. He says they are wrong and a No’ answer is insulting and untrue.

Dyer is wrong. For it is a fact. You cannot have morality without religion. The basis of morality is the existence of God.

Skeptics like Dyer would disagree with this last statement of fact. He and all atheists, evolutionists, and humanists would say instead that, “You can indeed have morality because it can exist independently of religion.” This seems plausible, but under close scrutiny it proves impossible.

If mankind is just a lucky combination of atoms from cells birthed in a Darwinian “warm swamp,” then he is material only, and cannot have a non-material mind, soul, and spirit.

No moral theory can arise out of a strictly material being.

So we must conclude that our morality came to us from outside ourselves and, or there is within each of us a God-given consciousness that is non-material and able to make moral judgments.

Our modern world may try to remove religion from education, government and the media, but at what cost? The cost is that if we exclude religion we also exclude morality. Perhaps 49 million little corpses aborted annually in our decaying world is a sampling of a lost morality.

Jim Swan

Red Deer

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