Old Timer writes: Without a god or moral convictions, atheists can do what they please. Rape, steal, kill etc. If people are just advanced animals, they can act like animals without any sort of conscience.
It would be interesting to see some hard figures on the percentage of rapists, larcenists, burglars, thieves, and murderers who are atheists as opposed to people expressing belief in some faith, religion or deity.
I'm betting more of these crimes are committed by theists, as both a hard figure and as a percentage of the population. If I'm right, which I believe I am, that would demonstrate that there is no correlation between moral behavior and belief in a deity or adherence to a religious code of moral behavior.
I'm just curious as to why you would consider a person with no belief in a deity somehow an "advanced animal" as opposed to yourself, of course, whom we assume, then, is fully human and superior.
I think such a person would hardly be an "advanced animal." I think such a person would be a fully human person just like yourself, without a belief in God.
Without moral behavior based upon a moral code, human beings would commit all sorts of atrocities? I would agree, but I don't think this is all of what your are saying.
What you are saying is that, without a belief in a deity, we cannot have a moral code or moral behavior in the first place. I think you are wrong.
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