Sometimes one will hear theists claim that religion is necessary because it buttresses morality or produces more moral people. When they do so, they implicitly concede several points.
The first implicit conception is that theists and non-theists both find morality (however defined) worthy of protection. After all, why ask non-theists to protect morality if they have no morality? This grossly undercuts the favorite ad hominem claim of our intellectual opponents, namely, that… Continue