So, I took this quiz, and like most quizzes on the internet it’s something we
SHOULD TAKE SERIOUSLY AND DIE OVER!! take with a grain of salt. But it’s interesting. I seem to be somewhat more “humanist” than this quiz likes religious people to be. I hear a lot about secular humanism, but not much about religious humanism.
I’m generally an optimist. I believe that people can be “good” (for large quantities of good) without being religious. Some of the nicest and most caring people I know are not just areligious but anti-religious. I’ve met some right bastards who are more “Christian” than I am. And it goes without saying, vice versa. Now that doesn’t mean I don’t believe that we’re all sinners in the eyes of God. We are. But to me that doesn’t mean you can’t be a moral person and be non-religious.
Christianity should be linked with the process of “sanctification”. That’s a churchy word for getting “better”. Your character becomes closer to that of Christ. We never arrive at that highest point, but I suppose as it is with the notion of Enlightenment some of us can get closer than others. Regardless we should never stop striving.
I guess my question for those that care to comment is, if you’re a believer where do you think this notion that people can’t be moral/good to a meaningful extent comes from? Is it Biblical? I know that Christ said that no man should be called good, but surely that means only in relation to the Father?
If you don’t believe in religion of any sort, how much “better” do you think man has the capacity to get and does religion actively interfere?