What It Means to Be Moral

Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life
Narrated by: Paul Brion
Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: History, Religious
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The author of Living the Secular Life deconstructs the arguments for a morality informed by religion, urging that major challenges like global warming and growing inequality are best approached from a framework of secular morality.   

In What It Means to Be Moral: Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life, Phil Zuckerman argues that morality does not come from God. Rather, it comes from us: our brains, our evolutionary past, our ongoing cultural development, our social experiences, and our ability to reason, reflect, and be sensitive to the suffering of others.  

By deconstructing religious arguments for God-based morality and guiding listeners through the premises and promises of secular morality, Zuckerman argues that the major challenges facing the world today - from global warming and growing inequality to religious support for unethical political policies to gun violence and terrorism - are best approached from a nonreligious ethical framework. In short, we need to look to our fellow humans and within ourselves for moral progress and ethical action.

©2019 Phil Zuckerman (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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This 395 page well researched and well reasoned book explains what it means to be moral, why we should want to be moral and all without the need to invoke any gods. Nothing is coming from outer space to help us. We are the help we need and Zuckerman makes the case.

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Excellent read.

I would have liked having the person narrating to have more expression with the reading. It was hard to stay focused all the time, so I had to replay some. Thank you!

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Brilliant book!

Phil Zuckerman has simply written a magnificent book in which he takes on religion. He makes very compelling arguments that religion is absolutely NOT necessary to lead an ethical life. His well-reasoned arguments are backed up by studies, experiments, etc. The reader does a terrific job with this book. Zuckerman's prose just flows so easily. A real pleasure to listen to this book. This is one of the best books to which I have listened in many years. I learned of the book when Phil Zuckerman was interviewed by Michael Shermer of the Skeptic Society.

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Very useful!

Great book on this topic, highly recommended. However I do disagree with a couple of assumptions that so many atheists make - and I am a lifelong atheist. Firstly, obviously there is purpose to life, every living thing gets up in the morning filled with purpose. It's one thing to say our purpose was not given to us by a supernatural power, but it seems to me foolish to argue that there is no purpose. If there is no purpose, why does evolution exist? Why do living things try to survive and reproduce? Will you argue that the evident purpose of every living thing is not really a purpose? Secondly, obviously science can tell us all we need to know about morality. Our purpose is to flourish as individuals and as a species - we know this from evolutionary theory. Therefore what is good is what helps us to flourish as a species, and what is bad is what hinders that flourishing. How do we know what helps us in this our purpose, and what does not? Science!

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