Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Morality comes from evolution, not Christianity

SO, David Cameron and some of his cronies claim we are a Christian country largely because the Bible contains the moral code by which many of us live (Saturday Review, April 26).

Research on human infants and on other social animals, such as chimps and elephants, shows that empathy, the quintessential basis of morality, is hardwired; it does not come from anybody's chosen God, but from millions of years of evolution.

A perhaps more honest Prime Minister than Cameron (and a much better one), Clement Attlee, got it right when he said he believed in Christian principles as a way of life, but without the mumbo-jumbo surrounding them.

PROFESSOR BRIAN EVERITT

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