i've often wondered about not having religion at all and what effect that would have had on our society. would we be more animatistic ? all mass murders and rapists and evil doers ?
on the other hand.... when i think about nature/ animals and how they protect their offspring and how mothers will nurse offsprings who have been abandoned, it makes me believe that yes....there would be some compassion without religion in our lives. nice to know that we are hard-wired like that.
Yes, I am myself and know many people who are "non-believers" and who also happen to be not only compassionate but also very kind and giving people. "Knowing God's love" does not automatically make a person compassionate.