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Do We Need Religion to Have a Moral Code?

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What does it mean to live an ethical life? Is it necessary to have religious beliefs in order to have a moral code?

During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Webb Keane, George Herbert Mead collegiate professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan, and Bob Cargill, assistant professor of classics and religious studies at the University of Iowa, about these questions. 

Both argue that humans don't need religion. 

"Humans are prone to make ethical judgments and to pursue ethical values. That gets codified in particular historical circumstances," says Keane. 

He will be speaking at Grinnell College tonight at 7:30 p.m. tonight as a part of a series about rethinking global culture. 

Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa