Is Religion Necessary for Morality to Exist?

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Religion and morality cannot be separated. Nietzsche questions if morality is even necessary. Is gravity necessary? Yes, it is the force that keeps the world from falling apart more than it already does. Murdoch asks if religion is necessary for morality to exist, which is answered by a second question, “Can a society build a stable structure of morality apart from that which it intrinsically is?" Finally, she goes on to discuss what morality would look like outside of religion. The objective structure for morality is God, as such, one cannot truly have morality, or virtue, outside of God. Every person is born with a sense of morality, and yet, this is not outside of God, because He put it there. Man can attempt to use this innate sense of morality to create his own system of morality based on each person's own ideas of right and wrong, but it will ultimately fail, because morality must be based on an objective law.
According to Nietzsche, morality is against human nature. He says, “Destroying the passions and cravings, merely as a preventative measure against their stupidity and the unpleasant consequences of this stupidity – today this itself strikes us as merely another acute form of stupidity. We no longer admire dentists who “pluck out” teeth so that they will not hurt anymore” (Nietzsche 347). This is because it causes excruciating pain to remove something that is very much a part of us. However, if the tooth is rotten at its root, it becomes necessary to extract it, in order that it not cause more harm. Likewise, if fleshly lusts are sinful, in other words, dishonoring to God or others, they must be dealt with. The most effective way to to overcome something, is to completely remove it so that it can no long...

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...your neighbor as yourself” (New American Standard Bible, Matt. 22: 37, 39), there would be no need for moral law, because there would be no immorality.

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