Scientist Finds the Beginnings of Morality in Primate Behavior
In one of my very first blogs, someone questioned the source of my morals since I do not follow the Bible as my source of morality. I think it’s interesting that the Bible shows a God who committed acts we would consider very immoral such as killing babies, promoting slavery, and a host of other atrocities (see this blog for more information). Yet, we should look to this book to define morality.
Here’s a quote from the New York Times article, “Scientist Finds the Beginnings of Morality in Primate Behavior“:
Some animals are surprisingly sensitive to the plight of others. Chimpanzees, who cannot swim, have drowned in zoo moats trying to save others. Given the chance to get food by pulling a chain that would also deliver an electric shock to a companion, rhesus monkeys will starve themselves for several days.
Biologists argue that these and other social behaviors are the precursors of human morality. They further believe that if morality grew out of behavioral rules shaped by evolution, it is for biologists, not philosophers or theologians, to say what these rules are.
In my opinion, Christians need to understand they’ve bought into a lie when they believe they cannot be good without God. They may choose not to be good without God and the “fear of God” may motivate them to be good. However, in my opinion, if one chooses, they can be good and not believe in God, the Bible, heaffalumps or woozles.
– The de-Convert