Then consider: if a pattern of behavior was truly innate, you would not have to be told about it, much less have it clarified by verbal instruction. Violating it would not need to be classed and punished as a violation against God or State, because being innate, it cannot be violated or modified. In fact, you would not even know you had it
Just because the theoretical conscience is innate, rather than culture-taught, doesn’t mean that instruction is unnecessary. Assume the Judeo-Christian ethical system is correct and any man with reason could arrive at it, for the moment. It would still take time and it is possible that reason would be supplanted by some early trauma taking place before the man followed the thought to its logical conclusion. I mean, ethics is kind of complicated, isn’t it?
Is it alright to do this? Why? Because A. Why A? So on and so forth…but if people have already completed the logic chains, why not let other people read it and judge for themselves? It’s quicker.
Why not use referrals, if you can? It is possible to arrive, using only reason, at various scientific facts – I mean, that’s what most scientists did – but we still teach it at schools so everyone knows relevant facts rather than having than having people commit the same mistake over and over again.
Also, I guess it is possible we are crossing wires on what ‘innate’ means. I mean it as natural tendencies. But not as instinct. It needs to be developed. Like, innate intelligence, or an innate aptitude for math. And for example: it’s innate for people to dislike hurting themselves, but later they will do so or override the urge to avoid it, for other reasons. So, for me and what I mean by innate, it is possible to violate innate behavior patterns. So, if it is possible to override it, then it might be important to reinforce
it by teachings.
I can see things not being condemned as they were here, but I do think that things we consider ‘evil’ being ‘good’ is not the same as being tolerated or practiced. Duelling may have been popular, but someone who went around indiscriminately killing for no reason would still have been kinda looked at askance, right? Rape was okay, in certain societies, but it was not virtuous, was it? I dunno, perhaps it was, but AFAIK it isn’t.