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Can You Be Moral With Religion?

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I've had many discussions with believers on the merits of their moral worth, and pretty much always come to the conclusion that most believers do not have a clue what it means to actually be a good person. It's not that believers are bad people, but it's that in most cases they lack the most important quality that is required in order to be good, and that is agency.

Agency is a term used in ethics to signify the central premise that makes ethical decisions possible. It is a term that basically means that a person makes their own decisions and that those decisions have consequences that have to be evaluated according to a standard before the actual decision is made. As a kid I was told, "You made you bed. Now you have to lay in it." This is a perfect example of what it means to possess agency.

So the argument that I want to consider is primarily focused on the phenomenon of agency, and to consider the dynamics that come into effect when we add religion to our set …