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Sun., Feb. 21, 2010

Column made rivals’ point

Atheist Donald Clegg’s recent column on morality without faith does a good job of actually proving the existence of God. He correctly notes that high standards of morality can exist without faith.

People have an innate sense of right and wrong, regardless of their faith or lack thereof. As he mentions, they can, and too often do, suppress those feelings. So where does this idea of decent human behavior come from?

We know it when we are being treated unfairly. We expect others to understand fairness. We also recognize various levels of morality. This implies that there is some “standard” to which we should conform. Where did that standard originate, and what lies behind this natural feeling that is so universal? We did not invent it, yet we know we ought to follow it. Someone or something is urging us to do the right thing by others.

If God created us, we should expect that he would care about us and want us to treat each other kindly. We would expect him to influence us to behave in a certain way. This is exactly what Mr. Clegg has discovered. Religion helps us know the source of this influence.

Kevin Wright

Spokane Valley

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