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There is a common perception that religion is defined not so much by particular doctrines (like the existence of a god) or in particular functions (like providing a structure for morals) but instead by attitude. One of the most famous ways this has been expressed in theologian Paul Tillich's idea that religion and even theism is the focus of our 'ultimate concern.'

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April 6, 2012 at 9:06 pm
(1) Karen says:

But what is good, and what is evil?

Some close-knit societies have very strong notions of good and evil, but many loosely-knit societies don’t. I expect most Saudi Arabians share a lot of the same concepts of good and evil, for example; here in the U.S., by comparison, there seems to be a core set of good/evil values but a LOT of disagreement around the edges.

My husband, in his “spare” time, likes to collect and deal in small old coins and coin-like tokens. (In his good years, after taxes, he _almost_ makes enough money from this venture to pay for his collecting habit.) He’s an atheist. He’s pragmatic to the core. And yet nothing upsets him quite so much as another coin/token dealer bragging about taking advantage of an uneducated customer. It isn’t illegal, but in his eyes it’s just WRONG. There are lots of both religious and non-religious people who agree with him, but there are clearly both religious and non-religious people who don’t. I bring this up to make the point that the U.S. law only codifies the most basic issues of morality; for the rest, we need to figure it out for ourselves.

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