I'm an atheist.
I don't understand, why do I need to follows book written a long time ago by people?
Why do I need a book to tell me right from wrong?
The book I'm talking about is the law!
Most Helpful Girl
because humanity has an innate tendency towards anarchy and survival of the fittest. (as all species do)
People are only civilized for as long as their basic needs are covered. Some people are just sick MOFO who get a kick out of being mean and hurtful to others. Some are even more damaged and will gladly pop a bullet in your head if you say the wrong thing.
The law protects you from those "bad" people, it stops anarchy. It also stops people from taking actions into their own hands, like lynching (of sometimes the wrong person). The law states consequences for faulty actions. That's it.
Now, it is clear to me that you are not really an atheist, but a super clever christian that is taking an atheists argument for not following a book someone wrote 2000 years ago. Clever shot, but not comparable at all.
The bible permits slavery, the law doesn't. The bible permits the supression of women, the law doesn't.
Nice try ;-)1
Most Helpful Guy
"Why do I need a book to tell me right from wrong?"
For this to be anything beyond subjective jabber rhetoric you'll need to start with a foundation.
You don't just make a statement as an objection to another idea without having an objective basis to that idea. If you're an atheist, according to your worldview. What rational basis do you have for grounding right and wrong
(for the people that'll get butt hurt for me asking an atheist to back up their idea of objective morality, feel free to give a rational basis logically not emotionally)
(Again, i never said atheists can't be moral. In fact as a Christian I'm compelled to believe they can be because they were equally made in Gods image with an innate moral compass)
From the perspective of my religion, as a Christian i don't follow a book. Neither does my religion claim to either. In fact, the blatant definition of "Christian" is follower of Christ. There are questions you'll need to think about first before asking this question. Especially questioning the rational foundations of atheism if you took it seriously1