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59. Are Atheists Immoral?

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1. Title Title of document 59. Are Atheists Immoral? - Atheism in Five Minutes
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Kyle Thompson; Harvey Mudd College and MiraCosta College;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) atheism; atheist; agnostic; agnosticism; religious belief; religious practice; non-religion; beliefs
5. Subject Subject classification Atheism
6. Description Abstract Atheists are just as moral as religious people, and in some respects more moral. Like everyone else, atheists value community, compassion, charity, and peace over their opposites. However, since much of the world associates goodness with God or religion, atheist morality is viewed with suspicion. If atheists believe God isn’t watching over their actions, then what’s stopping them from stealing, lying, and cheating with abandon? It turns out that what stops atheists is probably what is stopping religious folks too: natural and social forces. This helps explain why some of the most morally prosperous countries are high in atheism—it also explains why full-fledged believers sometimes commit the worst sins. When people organically and gradually shed their religious and theistic views, it often coincides with societal health. Ultimately, learning your neighbor sleeps in on Sundays should give you no pause.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 24-Oct-2022
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.43345
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Atheism in Five Minutes
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd