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01 January 2016

Atheism has no moral diementions

When someone points out the crimes of atheist mass murders, they try to blame religons. It is also valid to say that people don’t kill in the name of geology. Does this mean that geology has a moral dimension?

Atheism has no moral dimension; it just has implications in the manner by which we determine morality. Atheism is not a worldview or a philosophy of how to live life. It doesn’t tell us what to do and what not to do, what is right or what is wrong. It is just the belief that there is no god, and therefore leaves the definition of morality up to the individual.

Atheists are free to adopt a philosophy of reason and common moral decency or one of oppression, greed, and cruelty.

History shows they have chosen the latter more than once.

An atheist can say that people don’t kill in the name of atheism, but by the same token, he cannot say that they do good things in the name of atheism either. Atheism is morally agnostic.

To claim moral superiority for atheism because people don’t kill in its name is akin to claiming moral superiority for geology because people don’t kill in its name. This is a nonsensical boast.

RAYMOND T. PETIT: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2015/12/29/1-atheism.html

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