Atheism & Morality

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There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning in life, and no free will for humans, either.

http://www.arn.org/docs/orpages/or161/161main.htm

William Provine, Ph.D. (Biology)

[ASND simply asks, “Therefore what?”]

Cruel Logic

http://vimeo.com/5355398

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On a materialist view, all codes of conduct must ultimately be man-made or socially constructed; there are no objective moral laws existing independently of sentient beings in the way that laws of nature do.  Thus there are no objective criteria for determining if human actions are right or wrong… there are no… ‘moral facts’ which motivate behavior.

http://www.infidels.org/library/modern/richard_vitzthum/materialism.html

[Yeah, so, what’s the  problem   here ?   Morality ,  like  everything   else ,   evolves   over   time .   And morality  keeps   improving  as it evolves, too.  What is so hard about this to understand?]

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Moral Truth: Created, discovered, or neither?
A Quiz

http://quizfarm.com/quizzes/quiz/Ichthus77/moral-truth-created-discovered-or-neither/

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For Its Moral Ideals, Evolutionary Materialism “Freeloads” from Christianity

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/05/for_its_moral_i095901.html

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Atheists more likely than theists to condone morally bad activities

https://jamesbishopblog.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/atheists-more-likely-than-theists-to-do-morally-bad-activities/

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Let us stop sugar coating it…  We are Atheists…  While we acknowledge concepts like morality, politeness [&] civility seem to exist, we know they do not.

http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/the-inevitable-consequence-of-an-atheistic-worldview/

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Atheists and the Quest for Objective Morality

http://www.equip.org/articles/atheists-and-the-quest-for-objective-morality-2/

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Can Moral Objectivism Do Without God?

http://www.bethinking.org/morality/can-moral-objectivism-do-without-god

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Are we born with a moral core?  The Baby Lab says ‘yes’

http://us.cnn.com/2014/02/12/us/baby-lab-morals-ac360/index.html?sr=sharebar_facebook

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Innate, pre-programmed morality poses serious problems for atheistic naturalism

http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/24605

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The Moral Poverty of Evolutionary Naturalism

http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1701569/Linville_Mark_D_Moral_Poverty_of_Evolutionary_Naturalism.pdf

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The notion of contemporary moral progress appears to be little more than a common conceit

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/03/are_modern_people_morally_advanced.html

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Atheist of the year fired for misrepresenting credentials

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/coffee-atheist-of-the-year-fired-for-misrepresenting-credentials/

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The Making of an Atheist: How Immorality Leads to Unbelief

http://www.denverseminary.edu/article/the-making-of-an-atheist-how-immorality-leads-to-unbelief/

The only Comment offered (or at least available) on that page opened with this statement: As an atheist, I find nothing particularly objectionable about Spiegel’s argument.

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Can atheists be moral?

http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/can-atheists-be-moral/

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Can Moral Objectivism [Exist] Without God?

http://www.bethinking.org/right–wrong/can-moral-objectivism-do-without-god.htm

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The Failure of [Secular] Moral Systems: Pragmatism & Utilitarianism

http://thelordgodexists.com/2012/11/christianity-provides-moral-absolutes-the-failure-of-non-christian-moral-systems/

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Relativism:

Seven Fatal Flaws of Moral Relativism

http://www.faithinterface.com.au/apologetics/seven-fatal-flaws-of-relativism

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Philosophical Problems With Moral Relativism

http://www.equip.org/articles/philosophical-problems-with-moral-relativism/

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Confronting the Challenge of Ethical Relativism

http://www.equip.org/articles/confronting-the-challenge-of-ethical-relativism/

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Can Morality Be Based in Our “Selfish” Evolutionary Past?

http://www.equip.org/articles/can-morality-be-based-in-our-selfish-evolutionary-past-/#christian-books-1

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5 Common Objections to the Moral Argument

http://www.apologetics315.com/2013/08/5-common-objections-to-moral-argument.html

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Criticisms of the Moral Argument

http://www.christianapologeticsalliance.com/2013/12/21/criticisms-moral-argument/

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THE SELFLESS GENE: HOW EVOLUTIONARY PSYCHOLOGY FAILED TO OBTAIN ALTRUISM

http://www.isca-apologetics.org/sites/default/files/papers/Jared%20Martinez/Greenoe-TheSelflessGene_0.pdf

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… curiosity, critical thinking, and tolerance… [are] laudatory… [but] those values have no inherent connection with naturalism…

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/guest-voices/post/humanism-for-children/2012/12/10/624efd8c-42e9-11e2-9648-a2c323a991d6_blog.html

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God, Naturalism, and the Foundations of Morality

http://www.paulcopan.com/articles/pdf/God-naturalism-morality.pdf

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Sam Harris:

What Is Sam Harris’s Moral Theory?

http://www.toughquestionsanswered.org/2013/08/05/what-is-sam-harriss-moral-theory/

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Did Morals Evolve?

If the answer is yes, then we are in trouble.

http://www.str.org/articles/did-morals-evolve-2#.Uu1A6bSReYw

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The Logical Failure of Moral Evolution

http://godneighbor.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/the-logical-failure-of-moral-evolution/

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A Review of Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

http://www.reasons.org/articles/a-review-of-sam-harris-the-moral-landscape-how-science-can-determine-human-values-part-1-of-3

    &

http://www.reasons.org/articles/a-review-of-sam-harris-the-moral-landscape-how-science-can-determine-human-values-part-2-of-3

    &

http://www.reasons.org/articles/a-review-of-sam-harris-the-moral-landscape-how-science-can-determine-human-values-part-3-of-3

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The fall and rise of the moral argument for theism

http://www.apologeticalliance.com/blog/2012/10/the-fall-and-rise-of-the-moral-argument-for-theism/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+caa%2Fblog+%28Christian+Apologetics+Alliance+Blog%29

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The Moral Argument Resource Page

http://www.reasonsforgod.org/moral-argument/

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Defending the premises of the moral argument

http://www.apologeticalliance.com/blog/2012/11/breaking-down-the-moral-argument/

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“This paper undertakes the task of [refuting] aspects of David Hume’s moral theory that have supported non-cognitivist approaches to ethics, and then presents Thomas Reid’s criticisms of those non-cognitivist elements of Hume’s ethics.”

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6h95jpqrctat9zg/Reid%20and%20Hume-NMWT.docx

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Researchers can pinpoint physical events taking place in people’s brains when they make ethical decisions.  Thus, science is discovering, finally, what ethics is all about: it’s chemistry and electricity doing their chemical and electrical thing inside your skull.  And that’s it.

http://www.salvomag.com/new/articles/salvo19/19gilson.php

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Do Objective Moral Values Exist?

http://www.shenvi.org/Essays/ObjectiveMoralValues.htm

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If God does not exist, then objective moral values and duties do not exist.  Objective moral values and duties do exist.   Therefore, God exists.

http://www.crossexamined.org/blog/?p=312&utm_source=buffer&buffer_share=2f198

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Is God the Best Explanation for Moral Values?

http://www.conversantlife.com/debate

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Evil as Evidence for God

http://www.str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6023

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Gratitude: An Atheist’s Dissonance

http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/2011/04/gratitude-an-atheistrsquos-dissonance

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“Although I am a secularist (atheist, if you will), I accept that the great majority of people would be morally and spiritually lost without religion.”

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/03/secularisms_ongoing_debt_to_ch.html

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In June, Rebecca Watson, a skeptic blogger and speaker, canceled her TAM appearance because, she said on her blog, she does ‘not feel welcome or safe.’   Other nontheists — both male and female — have shared stories of unwanted sexual attention at nontheist gatherings, including propositions for sex and unwelcome touching.

http://www.religionnews.com/culture/gender-and-sexuality/do-atheists-have-a-sexual-harassment-problem

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Was atheism or communism responsible for the 20th century’s mass murders?

http://winteryknight.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/was-stalin-an-atheist-is-atheism-or-communism-responsible-for-mass-murders/

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College basketball teams being pressured by an atheist group to get rid of their     “character coaches”

http://www.onenewsnow.com/culture/2015/04/01/college-athletes-with-character-no-cant-have-that

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… morals and ethic[s] should be negotiated among free thinkers.”

http://www.christianpost.com/news/humanist-bible-copies-the-christian-look-but-leaves-god-out-49852/

[Fair enough, as long as we don’t discriminate against free thinkers whom we don’t much like, such as  Mao Tse-Tung ,   Adolph   Hitler ,     Joseph   Stalin ,     Pol   Pot ,     Fidel   Castro ,     Robert   Mugabe ]

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10 Commandments for atheists

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/story/2011-10-28/penn-jillette-ten-commandments/50978982/1

[Yeah, those were the same 10 commandments that atheists  Mao Tse-tung ,   Joseph Stalin  and  Adolph Hitler  believed in too.]

[See, Christians, atheists don’t need a god to be good.]

[Christians are idiots.]

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An Orange County, Calif. atheist group plans to put on a demonstration Saturday afternoon in which they will rip up sections of the Bible that they deem ‘immoral.’

http://www.christianpost.com/news/atheist-group-to-rip-up-bible-passages-on-saturday-55815/print.html

[Now there’s something religious conservatives should  think   about ,  for a change.]

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Is God Necessary for Morality? 

William Lane Craig vs Shelly Kagan Debate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiJnCQuPiuo&feature=player_embedded

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Richard Dawkins defends the idea of having a mistress and lying about it

http://www.uncommondescent.com/culture/richard-dawkins-defends-the-idea-of-having-a-mistress-and-lying-about-it/

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