Originally posted by Penguin
Some of you may recall a thread that I started little over a year ago entitled "A Religious Scientist"
about the head of the Human Genome Project, Francis S. Collins, who is a respected evolutionary biologist and also a born-again Christian. I was trying to understand how someone so clearly ...[text shortened]... ntly. It'll be interesting to see what he makes of it.
Regarding the three reasons:
1. So what? Years ago the people could not understand the nature of the rainbow and they assumed that it was a "divine message". Whatever we ignore "today" we may understand it "tomorrow" -and this is fine with me;
2. "Life as we know it" would not be possible;
3. The Moral Law is a "proof" based on a concrete dualistic approach. Kant showed that a constant and unviariable ehtical law must rule 1-1 (virtue and happiness - evil and misery etc). This concept is used in order to forward the ideas of the existence of "God" and of the immortality of the soul of the humans: if we accept that whithin our existence there is really a Moral Law, then we have to accept that the existence of the creator of this Moral Law is a fact. That specific Creator cannot be the Human or the society but solely a supernatural existence.
However, according to the Moral Law the humans of virtue must be happy whilst the evil humans remain in misery, and since this situatiion does not happen we are forced to promote the concept of the immortal soul, of the existence of "God" and of an afterdeath life in which everybody will be judged.
Of course Kant presented this whole idea as a request of the practical cause and not as a logical proof of the existence of "God" and of the "immortality of the soul".
It seems to me that unfortunately the concept of the Moral Law becomes merely an ethicism, and in such a status it 's impossible to have any chance for personal and social evolution. I prefer a society in which the Human feels totally free to express hiself whilst he keeps hiself fully responsible for his actions. "Morality" then could become the result of a specific procedure in a general consensus within a social infrastucture which it unables the Human to enjoy his life, to love, to live and let live. We always can hope that we will become able to control ourselves in a friendly environment due to the understanding that we never walk alone. And we could still be able to fight whenever we must stand for the people we love and for whetever we value as precious.
Anyone who wants to see "God" behind or within 1, 2 and 3, s/he is welcome. Anyone who needs not to see "God" s/he is welcome too.