Many of these share tenets with secular value frameworks such as consequentialism, freethought, and utilitarianism. Morality does not necessarily depend upon religion, though for some, this is "an almost automatic assumption." According to The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Ethics, religion and morality "are to be defined differently and have no definitional connections with each other.
Conceptually and in principle, morality and a religious value system are two distinct kinds of value systems or action guides." In the views of others, the two can overlap.
Religions provide different ways of dealing with moral dilemmas.
For example, there is no absolute prohibition on killing in Hinduism, which recognizes that it "may be inevitable and indeed necessary" in certain circumstances.
Morality and religion is the relationship between religious views and morals.
Many religions have value frameworks regarding personal behavior meant to guide adherents in determining between right and wrong.
Religious people were less inclined when it came to seeing how much compassion motivated participants to be charitable in other ways, such as in giving money or food to a homeless person and to non-believers. A 2001 review of studies on this topic found "The existing evidence surrounding the effect of religion on crime is varied, contested, and inconclusive, and currently no persuasive answer exists as to the empirical relationship between religion and crime." Dozens of studies have been conducted on this topic since the twentieth century. Paul argues for a positive correlation between the degree of public religiosity in a society and certain measures of dysfunction, His conclusion is that a "complex relationship" exists between religiosity and homicide "with some dimensions of religiosity encouraging homicide and other dimensions discouraging it".
Moreover, religious individuals were more likely than non-religious individuals to volunteer for school and youth programs (36% vs. Some works indicate that some societies with lower religiosity have lower crime rates—especially violent crime, compared to some societies with higher religiosity.
The ability of religious faiths to provide value frameworks that are seen as useful is a debated matter.
Religious commentators have asserted that a moral life cannot be led without an absolute lawgiver as a guide.