One matter I have been debating is the question of morality in a non-theistic context. Simply put: ?Can atheists act morally??
Perhaps better said: ?Is atheism compatible with ethics??
I have tried to study various cases in my experience, and am as yet unsure. I certainly know atheists who act in a way that I would consider moral; indeed I would say I know atheist who are more moral than me (and a great many other people). So there is no self-righteousness in this query. But what I do wonder, however, is whether or not there is philosophical substance to ethics in an atheistic context. Are atheists inconsistent when they act on moral principals? I don?t know, but I mean to explore it.
In order to find out, I will play a specific role in this thread (which can already be glimpsed by the provocative title). I will be arguing that it is impossible for the atheist to philosophically support and distinction between right and wrong, morally speaking, in a consistent way. Thus I am asking all those who disagree with this position to please challenge me in this task. State your case as best you can, and we shall see if it holds.
For a working definition, atheism is the positive assertion that either (1) there is no God, or (2) the existence of God is unknowable and irrelevant to human affairs, and also atheism is the denial of the value of faith, especially as a means of attaining knowledge.
As for a definition of morality or ethics, I leave that to my interlocutors to provide, since it is their burden to show that ethical behavior is compatible with atheism.