Where do we get our morals from? We get our morals from a very complicated process of discussion, of law-making, writing, moral philosophy, itís a complicated cultural process which changes Ė not just over the centuries, but over the decades. Our moral attitudes today in 2012 are very different form what they would have been 50 or 100 years ago. And even more different from what they would have been 300 years ago or 500 years ago. We donít believe in slavery now. We treat women as equal to men. All sorts of things have changed in our moral attitudes.
Itís to do with a very complicated more zeitgeist. Steven Pinkerís latest book ďThe Better Angels of Our NatureĒ traces this improvement over long centuries of history. He makes an extremely persuasive case for the fact that we are getting more moral
, we are getting better as time goes on, and religion perhaps has a part to play in that, but itís by no means an important part.