I am curious to mostly see where atheism appeals to in order to call something morally right or wrong. Please try to answer intelligently and state whether you are an atheist or not, what is your basis for believing something is right or wrong?
If you believe the very concept of justice is only there because it helped your ancestors pass on your genetic code. Therefore, what that means is, certain behaviors may feel right or wrong, but aren't truly wrong because its only that you are programmed to feel that way. The depth of moral outrage when you see something that is really unjust has no moral basis to you other than "its not the best way to live comofortably" which is still subjective.
If you believe morality does exist... you have to conclude that its also culturally relative. For example if an atheist from a christian western culture goes to somewhere in africa that has made cannobolism part of their culture, you have no basis for viewing that as wrong other than a feeling. Rightness or wrongness can therefore only be subjective with no ultimate moral law giver for a basis.
- Yes, I am an atheist, I believe morality exists (explain)Vote A
- Yes, I am an atheist, but I do not believe Morality exists (explain)Vote B
- I am religious, I believe morality existsVote C
- OtherVote D
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We have a sense of what is right and wrong based on the moral and natural laws which coincide with God's eternal law. I went to a Catholic high school and took a class on morality. I don't understand how someone can wake up and know that lying is wrong. But claim that there is no God. We know that lying is wrong because we were born with knowing the moral law.1