The Case Against Theistic Morality
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I. It used to be considered perfectly obvious that human morality depends essentially upon religious belief; so much so that even John Locke, in his famous essay on 'Toleration', decided that atheists were not to be trusted; for, lacking belief in a supreme being, they were presumed to be liable to break their word with impunity.1 This sort of thinking persists among many if not most ordinary men, who at least expect believers in God to profess higher moral standards than professed atheists, and who associate atheism with immorality and depravity. Thus many people in Britain send their children to Church or Sunday School in order to teach them to be good; they tend not to be so concerned about the truth of the specifically religious doctrines they are taught. And there are even many Christians who believe that the central core of their faith is simply love for their fellow-men rather than belief in certain supernatural facts.