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    27 Jan '07 13:40
    Does the atheist have an absolute moral framework? Or does morality simply depend on personal preference?
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    27 Jan '07 14:04
    Originally posted by dj2becker
    Does the atheist have an absolute moral framework? Or does morality simply depend on personal preference?
    I don't know. As far as I know, I was born with my moral values. If not, then I don't remember where I got them.
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    27 Jan '07 15:28
    Originally posted by dj2becker
    Does the atheist have an absolute moral framework? Or does morality simply depend on personal preference?
    Some (many) atheists belive in Moral Relativism .. it's the view that ethical standards, morality, and positions of right or wrong are culturally based and therefore subject to a person's individual choice.

    We can all decide what is right for ourselves.
    You decide what's right for you, and I'll decide what's right for me. Moral relativism says, "It's true for me, if I believe it."

    ...................
    yes, I took this definition from a website.

    http://www.allaboutphilosophy.org/moral-relativism.htm
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    27 Jan '07 16:27
    Originally posted by dj2becker
    Does the atheist have an absolute moral framework? Or does morality simply depend on personal preference?
    It's been my experience that the overwhelming majority of people (theists and atheists alike) have a moral framework that is based on personal preference even if they'd like to think otherwise.
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    27 Jan '07 17:48
    Originally posted by dj2becker
    Does the atheist have an absolute moral framework? Or does morality simply depend on personal preference?
    I am an athiest, and to be honest, I'd have to say that my morality is a litle more flexible than most. I, however, view this as a virtue rather than a liability
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    27 Jan '07 18:42
    Originally posted by Wayne1324
    I don't know. As far as I know, I was born with my moral values. If not, then I don't remember where I got them.
    So do you think that every individual is born with some or other intrinsic moral values, with may differ from individual to individual?
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    27 Jan '07 18:57
    Originally posted by jammer
    Some (many) atheists belive in Moral Relativism .. it's the view that ethical standards, morality, and positions of right or wrong are culturally based and therefore subject to a person's individual choice.

    We can all decide what is right for ourselves.
    You decide what's right for you, and I'll decide what's right for me. Moral relativism says, "It's tr ...[text shortened]... his definition from a website.

    http://www.allaboutphilosophy.org/moral-relativism.htm
    Would an atheist have a problem with mass-murder and rape, for example?
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    27 Jan '07 19:00
    Originally posted by dj2becker
    Would an atheist have a problem with mass-murder and rape, for example?
    The overwhelming majority of atheists would (in contrast to your God).
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    27 Jan '07 19:03
    Originally posted by Nordlys
    The overwhelming majority of atheists would (in contrast to your God).
    The overwhelming majority of atheists would

    Based upon what?
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    27 Jan '07 19:03
    if it doesnt hurt anybody and makes you feel good, do it
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    27 Jan '07 19:09
    Originally posted by EcstremeVenom
    if it doesnt hurt anybody and makes you feel good, do it
    Who decides whether anybody is hurt in the process?
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    27 Jan '07 21:19
    Originally posted by EcstremeVenom
    if it doesnt hurt anybody and makes you feel good, do it
    That was the Anthem of the 60s .. "If it feels good, do it." along with .. "Make love not war.", "Do your own thing." and my personal favorite .. "You are the center of the Universe."

    All of that stuff came out of the counter-culture of the 60s generation.
    The Age of Liberation.

    It's fun .. until you're about 40 and your 15 yr old daughter throws your words back in your face.
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    27 Jan '07 21:37
    Originally posted by dj2becker
    Does the atheist have an absolute moral framework? Or does morality simply depend on personal preference?
    I would simply love to hear what your idea of an 'absolute' moral framework is. If you could lay it out for me (remember I'm quite simple), a list would do....
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    27 Jan '07 22:04
    Originally posted by jammer
    That was the Anthem of the 60s .. "If it feels good, do it." along with .. "Make love not war.", "Do your own thing." and my personal favorite .. "You are the center of the Universe."

    All of that stuff came out of the counter-culture of the 60s generation.
    The Age of Liberation.

    It's fun .. until you're about 40 and your 15 yr old daughter throws your words back in your face.
    dont worry, be happy
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    27 Jan '07 22:34
    Originally posted by EcstremeVenom
    dont worry, be happy
    That came 20 yrs later .. after the flameout of the disco/cocaine generation.
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