Do Atheists have better moral compass than Theists?

Posted by: shaancl_716

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Theists believe that one should have a holy book in order to have morals. The Christians have the Bible, Jewish people have the Torah, Muslims have the Qur'an and atheists have nothing. Humans need to have and accept the guidance and teachings of those who have been through different experiences. From the beginning of the Abrahamic faiths and of Greek philosophy, religion and morality have been closely intertwined. This is true whether we go back within Greek philosophy or within Christianity and Judaism and Islam. Morality stems from religion.



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Atheists believe that values, including morality, come from people like themselves; the values and morality are the same whether one believes in gods or not. The morality of atheists is in a sense more noble by definition than the morality of theists. While theists believe that god will punish them for immoral acts and reward them for moral acts, atheists have no motivation to be moral other than their own innate sense of morality. It is morality for its own sake, not out of fear for punishment or desire for reward. Click the link for more reasons:

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briantheliberal says2015-01-30T19:06:23.0890563-06:00
In my experience, yes. Atheists do not rely on an ancient, violent book to guide them morally, most just use common sense and critical thinking to know the differences between what is and is not right. Most atheists I know also don't condemn, attack and discriminate against people who don't agree with them. Many Christians I know do exactly that, using the Bible as a shield for their hatred.
PetersSmith says2015-01-30T19:08:26.7664284-06:00
Briantheliberal: Theist doesn't define as Christian.
shaancl_716 says2015-01-30T19:08:44.4046760-06:00
Brian, I like you. Everything that you have commented on other posts has been far too accurate. I enjoy reading your ideals of religion.
briantheliberal says2015-01-30T19:11:33.1780094-06:00
PeterSmith, I am aware of that. But I live in the United States where the majority of theists are Christians. I personally do not know many religious people who are not Christians.
briantheliberal says2015-01-30T19:12:12.8694274-06:00
Shaancl_716, I'm happy someone agrees with my point of view. Thanks!
reece says2015-01-30T19:42:45.5006234-06:00
If you say "i have a personal god" i don't have a problem.It's only when someone says they take the word of god literally.
shaancl_716 says2015-01-31T10:25:39.4678084-06:00
I am actually really surprised more people haven't voted for "Yes"
UtherPenguin says2015-01-31T11:32:24.4370437-06:00
@shaanci_716 This is because since atheism is just the lack of belief in a deity or God then no moral compass is required to be an atheist, meaning that while some atheists might have their own moral compass that is almost completely personal to them and is subjective to many other atheistic moral compasses. This means what seems rational and moral to one atheist may be a complete atrocity to another (take for example the Khmer Rouge that killed thousands of people in Cambodia over things as trivial as class background or intellect). Contrast that to various other religions in which a moral code is already established amongst it's population, so even if you think And in response to @briantheliberal's first comment when he said "most (atheists) just use common sense and critical thinking to know the differences between what is and is not right" however that is taking a huge leap of faith as I doubt Brian has met the majority of atheists, common sense is completely independent of atheism. You don't have to be an atheist to have common sense. That's why it's called "common" sense. Just as their have been several atheist who may have had a rational mindset their are also many who've done very irrational actions (such as Robespierre and Pol Pot) because they thought that their actions were right.
Gustav_Adolf_II says2015-01-31T13:32:06.5108498-06:00
From what I've seen it really depends on the person. There are theists that say things like "If god didn't tell me not to murder my children I would murder my children!" and atheists that use social darwinism to justify things like racism and eugenucs.
reece says2015-01-31T19:08:06.0967580-06:00
What drives the world ford in progress? And whats irrelevant to believe in when doing so? A lack of god is more morel because it shows how you're more connected to the world around you. 93% of the members of the National Academy of Sciences are atheists 1. 2.Https://www.Google.Co.Nz/webhp?Sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=what+percentage+of+atheists+are+scientists&spell=1

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