I'm reading C.S. Lewis' The Problem of Pain, and this interesting paragraph came up: I'd like to hear what posters think of this - Athiests, Catholics, Christians, Muslims, whatever. What do the OT posters think of the connection between religion and morals? Is it a fair connection, or a necessary one? Does the "cold, sad self-righteousness of sheer moralism" as C.S. Lewis states truly arise? Does religion need to be checked by morals, or vice versa? In my humble opinion, a religion without morals would easily lead to many acts of great sin and evil done in God's name (and I know that some religions with morals have done this, but that was a fault of man) - and morals without religion let the dictation of what is moral fall in the fallible hands of man. What do you posters think? What is the proper connection betwen morality and religion? Should it be as it is now? Should morals be a seperate entity than religion? Can they be unbound from their current state without causing terrible damage to each of them? EDIT: I'm going to bed, I'll wake up with a crop of people yelling at me or agreeing with me. Better than coffee.