Holy Safety Net! Religion and Recklessness

October 30, 2014 6:56 PM

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Moral instruction is a big part of religion. That's why most faiths come with strict laws of personal conduct. Indeed, many believe that living a sober life, free of risk and excess and recklessness, is evidence of devotion to a higher power.

But most instruction of this sort focuses on recklessness with a moral dimension: Don't drink too much. Don't gamble away your family's security. Don't let sexual temptations ruin your marriage. Don't steal someone else's property. And so forth. These transgressions are considered not only risky, bu...

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