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Spore: General / Re: Choose a religion in Spore
« on: July 27, 2006, 03:15:37 am »
Hi all,

I've been peeking in on this forum from time to time because I'm very intrigued by Spore. I think that including religion in some way would be an excellent idea. However, that's not what provoked me to register on this site. I have to say I am somewhat appalled by the views expressed against atheism. I am an atheist (and also a university biology professor). It's true that atheists are not bound by what a certain religion tells them, but the idea that this makes them amoral is far from the truth. In fact it makes us realize that all people are equal. I cannot claim that I am better than anyone else, or that my beliefs are more important than anyone else’s. I have no god to back me, no one to say that I am correct and all others are wrong. I ask you, how many wars have been fought where both sides did not believe that "God was on their side". Morality is an altruistic principle; it is not a religious principle. Without religion the idea of "us and them" goes unsupported. If anything, atheism (not in the childish self-gratification interpretation) promotes tolerance and acceptance.

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