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Excellent BeautyThe Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World$
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Eric Dietrich

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171021

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171021.001.0001

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Does God Want You Dead?

Does God Want You Dead?

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(p.69) Six Does God Want You Dead?
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Excellent Beauty
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Eric Dietrich

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171021.003.0006

This chapter explores the psychology and evolution of morality. An important job of any religion is binding a group (tribe, community, and so on) together. A religion controls group behavior by thus laying down rules of conduct, in creating and supporting the moral rules of a community, a group, a tribe, a nation. This chapter searches for a justification for the moral authority exercised by religions over their communities, by pointing out that morality is the result of natural processes. At times these processes were deemed necessary for human survival, but overindulging one's desire for religion and morality is similar to the human penchant for consuming fats and sugars—from an evolutionary standpoint, these had resulted in better nutrition. However, consuming too much of these, or only these, like religion, can become a harmful exercise.

Keywords:   moral rules, moral authority, morality, natural processes, human survival, psychology, evolution of morality

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