The Umpteenth Online Debate About Whether Atheists Have Morals

17 07 2007

This debate at Friendly Atheist has been interesting, but it seems to be going nowhere fast. The primary areas of contention is whether there are non-atheist methods for determining right and wrong, what these might look like, and whether they provide viable alternatives to theistic morality.

Some background reading:

Atheism and Morality (South Sea Republic)
An Atheist Responds (Christopher Hitchens in the Washington Post)
Atheism, Morality and Religion (
Godless Moral Values (Austin Cline)
Michael Gerson: Asking Questions about Atheists–Answering them for Atheists (Rank Atheism)

Just to make it worth your while: Root of All Evil, parts 1 and 2

Atheism and Morals Part 1: The evolution of morality




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