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Atheist Morality

A place for atheists to discuss morality issues. What shapes your morality? What new perspectives have you found since abandoning faith (if you ever had any)? Is there any merit to religious moral authority?

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Religious Faith Morality & Epistemological Absurdities

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Defining Evil in today's world

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 20. 2 Replies

Climate Destabilization Is Violence From Above

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 2 Replies

Natural Selection and Morals

Started by Steph S. Nov 15, 2013. 0 Replies

Thinking about science increases morality

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Aug 27, 2013. 0 Replies

The New Abolitionists

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 15, 2013. 0 Replies

Newborn Baby Flushed Down Toilet

Started by John Jubinsky. Last reply by Steph S. May 28, 2013. 2 Replies

Markets suspend morality

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by A Former Member May 13, 2013. 5 Replies

Business people ignore their environmental values

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 13, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by Steph S. on August 13, 2012 at 11:18pm

He's in politics for the money.

Comment by Paula T. on August 13, 2012 at 9:37pm
And what the hell is he doing in politics if our rights don't come from the government?!?! A bit hypocritical maybe?? What exactly does he think the government is for? Helping the rich remain rich and us 99% stay in our place and like it?
Comment by Paula T. on August 13, 2012 at 9:30pm
Talk about out of touch and delusional!! Eegads, I really, really hope that sanity, reason, and fear keep people for voting for the party that wants to drag us back to the Dark Ages. I have a good feeling reason will prevail, but still scared...a little...
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on August 13, 2012 at 8:26am

quote: "Our rights come from nature and God, not government."
           - Paul Ryan

Comment by annet on April 5, 2012 at 4:33pm
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on November 16, 2011 at 8:58am

Distrust Feeds Anti-Atheist Prejudice - Miller-McCune
Research finds atheists are widely perceived as untrustworthy, which may be a factor in why they're disliked more than other minorities.

http://www.miller-mccune.com/.../distrust-powers-anti-atheist-preju...

"People use cues of religiosity as a signal for trustworthiness," the researchers write in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Given that “trustworthiness is the most valued trait in other people,” this mental equation engenders a decidedly negative attitude toward nonbelievers.

There is no actual evidence backing up the assumption that atheism somehow leads to a decline in morality. In a 2009 study, sociologist Phil Zuckerman argued that "a strong case could be made that atheists and secular people actually possess a stronger or more ethical sense of social justice than their religious peers," adding that they, on average, have "lower levels of prejudice, ethnocentrism, racism and homophobia" than the much larger population of believers.

Comment by A Former Member on October 25, 2011 at 12:59pm

Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Peter Singer

Utilitarian philosopher Peter Singer lives up to his beliefs, giving away 25-30 percent of his income to alleviate absolute poverty, and defending animal rights--or as he puts it, "extending equality beyond the species boundary." Here are his thoughts on these topics and more.

Since 1999 he has been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

Listen to the podcast here.

Comment by A Former Member on September 21, 2011 at 1:03pm
Comment by A Former Member on July 10, 2011 at 9:02pm

Book titles I've recently come across as citations in an article. I've not read these, so this is not an endorsement. Just passing the info along.  - Dallas

 

The Myth of Morality

Ethics: Inventing Right and Wrong

Whatever Happened to Good and Evil?

Beyond Morality

Foundations of Ethics: An Anthology

Moral Skepticisms

Comment by mike on March 28, 2011 at 10:37am

i always roll my eyes when the morality topic comes up.  atheist have the  moral high ground, by this i mean,,we dont do things or not do things out of fear of punishment .

the other avenue,i school the theist in,is that most of the prison population in the usa,is god believers. with over 17% of americans being atheist agnostic or non religous. we would have more than a 1% prison population,if god belief gave you morals and standards. clearly critical thinking educated people ,are less likely to go to prison.

ill end by saying,,morals are based on culture. what is deamed moral in one culture is not so in another.

 

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