Irreligion and Society

  • Colin Campbell
Part of the New Perspectives in Sociology book series


There are various ways in which a discussion of irreligion tends to involve a discussion of religion and morality. In the first case a discussion of the boundaries of the phenomenon of religion as well as that of irreligion involves distinguishing morality from religion. This, as we have seen, is a special problem when considering those non-supernatural belief systems like Positivism, Ethical Culture and Humanism in which the moral or ethical issues are the primary ones. In the second place there is the whole question of the relationship between religion and morality. Assuming that we can distinguish between them, what is their relationship? This question involves irreligion mainly because of a traditional and widely asserted view that, since religion fosters morality, irreligion fosters immorality. This argument will be considered at some length in this chapter.


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