BEING GOOD WITHOUT GOD

Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective

Is faith in God necessary to be a good person?

The answer is “no” according to new Pew Research Center data that shows the majority of Americans – 56% – believe it’s possible to be a good person without being religious.

Part of this change is attributed to the growth of religious “nones,” a group now accounting for 23% of the American adult population.

But even for evangelical Christians, those most likely to say that God is necessary for morality, there has been a decline over the past six years from 72% to 65%.

Here’s My Take: As long as religion is seen as the basis for goodness, there will continue to be judgments demonizing differences in people (gays, minorities, non-Christians, etc.) and making faith a list of do’s and don’ts rather than a respect for God’s creation.

Faith is about cultivating a sense of gratitude, self-worth and wonder. Goodness – honesty, respect for others, courage, etc. – is about being human.