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date: 01 December 2021

p. 373. Atheist ethicslocked

p. 373. Atheist ethicslocked

  • Julian Baggini

Abstract

‘Atheist ethics’ shows that morality is more than possible without God; it is entirely independent of him. That means atheists are not only more than capable of leading moral lives, they may even be able to lead more moral lives than religious believers who confuse divine law and punishment with right and wrong. For both religious believers and atheists, moral choices ultimately have to be made by individuals. To provide a source for morality we need to do no more than sign up to the belief that certain things have a value and that the existence of this value provides us with reasons to behave in certain ways.

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