Which Innate Qualities Are Good?

May 12, 2010

A common fallacy in the scientific materialist world view is the idea that innate characteristics are a foundation for a moral standard outside of any sort of divine revelation. But this is a poor foundation.

“What is” does not equate to “what should be”.

To observe that humans have an innate quality of the “brotherhood of mankind” is one thing (however questionable given our violent past) but to say that this innate quality is ‘good’ is a whole other claim that requires an outside standard to judge. There are many qualities of mankind that have been found in every society (more consistently then “brotherhood”) such as racism and xenophobia that I would guess you all would argue should be rejected. What standard do you use to differentiate between innate qualities?

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One Response to “Which Innate Qualities Are Good?”


  1. Good question! If religion and moral principles are innate, how do we distinguish between them? http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/is-religion-innate-or-contrived/


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