Not possessing a religious basis for morality, which can provide a legitimate basis for objective morality, atheists are fundamentally incapable of having a coherent system of morality. For example, atheists have been the biggest mass murderers in history (see: Atheism and mass murder). See also: Atheism and morality and Atheism and culture
Atheism and various types of immorality:
In 2014, a University of Kentucky study was published by Will M. Gervais, which was entitled Everything Is Permitted? People Intuitively Judge Immorality as Representative of Atheists, and the study indicated that "even atheist participants viewed immorality as significantly more representative of atheists than of other people." See also: Atheism and moral depravity
Also, atheists within the United States have developed a reputation of uncharitableness as they gave far less to charities, even if church donations are not counted (see: Atheism and uncharitableness).
King Solomon repeatedly indicates that fools are wicked in the book of Proverbs (Proverbs:13:9; 14:8,16-18). The psalmist King David wrote: "The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.' They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good." — Psalms 14:1 (KJV)
For more information, please see the articles below:
Articles related to atheism and sexual immorality:
Articles related to atheism and uncharitableness:
Atheism and alcohol abuse:
Atheism and illegal drug use and addiction:
Atheism and violence/oppression:
Atheism and unsportsmanlike conduct:
Atheism and pride
Atheism and intolerance:
Atheism and bitterness/anger/resentment/unforgiveness:
Atheism and lying:
Atheism and envy/covetiousness:
Atheism and slavery/forced labor:
Protestant work ethic vs. work ethic in many atheistic countries:
Articles related to atheism and gluttony/sloth:
Atheism and sexism:
Atheism and poor marital/family relationships:
- Atheism and poor relationships with parents
- Atheist marriages
- Atheism and marriage
- Atheism and loneliness (Elderly often lonely in atheistic countries)
Irreligion and crime:
Atheism/agnosticism and racism
Atheism and the mistreatment of animals:
Atheism and cannibalism:
Atheism and unreasonableness and willful ignorance:
Atheism and cowardice
Atheism and suicide
Atheism and apathy:
Atheist organizations and dysfunction:
New atheism and morality
Marquis de Sade quote
"Imperious, choleric, irascible, extreme in everything, with a dissolute imagination the like of which has never been seen, atheistic to the point of fanaticism, there you have me in a nutshell, and kill me again or take me as I am, for I shall not change.” - Marquis de Sade
See also: Books on the causes of atheism
- God, Naturalism, and the Foundations of Morality by Paul Copan
- Can Moral Objectivism Do Without God? by Peter S. Williams
- Atheists and the Quest for Objective Morality by Chad Meister
- The Marquis de Sade and induced abortion
- Multiple references:
- Copan, Paul (2008). "God, naturalism, and the foundations of morality". The Future of Atheism, ed. Robert Stewart (Minneapolis: Fortress Press), pp. 141-161. Retrieved form PaulCopan.com on October 3, 2014.
- Williams, Peter S. (2011). "Can moral objectivism do without God?". Bethinking.org Retrieved on October 3, 2014.
- Meister, Chad (2010). "Atheists and the quest for objective morality". Christian Research Journal, vol. 33, no. 2. Retrieved from Christian Research Institute website on October 3, 2014.
- Slick, Matt (2009). "The failure of atheism to account for morality". Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry website. Retrieved on October 3, 2014.
- Gervais, Will M. (April 9, 2014). "Everything is permitted? People intuitively judge immorality as representative of atheists". PLOS ONE, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092302. Retrieved on October 29, 2014.
- "Top 50 countries with highest proportion of atheists/agnostics (Zuckerman, 2005)". Chris and Terri Chapman. Retrieved on September 10, 2014.
- Ost, Suzanne (2009). Child Pornography and Sexual Grooming: Legal and Societal Responses (Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press), p. 29.
- Multiple references:
- Burke, Daniel, Religion News Service (May 13, 2009). "Religious people make better citizens, study says". Pew Research Forum. Archived on March 10, 2013 by Internet Archive. Retrieved July 19, 2014.
- Campbell, David and Putnam, Robert (November 14, 2010). "Religious people are 'better neighbors'". USA Today website. Retrieved on July 19, 2014.
- Multiple references:
- Hesemann, Michael and Strieber, Whitley (2000). The Fatima Secret (New York, NY: Random House Digital). Retrieved on October 9, 2011. "Lenin's death in 1924 was followed by the rise of Joseph Stalin, 'the man of steel,' who founded the 'Union of Militant Atheists,' whose chief aim was to spread atheism and eradicate religion. In the following years it devastated hundreds of churches, destroyed old icons and relics, and persecuted the clergy with unimaginable brutality."
- Steeves, Paul D. (1989). Keeping the Faiths: Religion and Ideology in the Soviet Union (New York, NY: Holmes & Meier), p. 88. Retrieved on July 4, 2013. "The League of Militant Atheists was formed in 1926 and by 1930 had recruited three million members. Five years later there were 50,000 local groups affiliated to the League and the nominal membership had risen to five million. Children from 8-14 years of age were enrolled in Groups of Godless Youth, and the League of Communist Youth (Komsomol) took a vigorous antireligious line. Several antireligious museums were opened in former churches and a number of Chairs of Atheism were established in Soviet universities. Prizes were offered for the best 'Godless hymns' and for alternative versions of the Bible from which ... the leader of the League of Militant Atheists, Yemelian Yaroslavsky, said: 'When a priest is deprived of his congregation, that does not mean that he stops being a priest. He changes into an itinerant priest. He travels around with his primitive tools in the villages, performs religious rites, reads prayers, baptizes children. Such wandering priests are at times more dangerous than those who carry on their work at a designated place of residence.' The intensified persecution, which was a part of the general terror inflicted upon Soviet society by Stalin's policy, ...."
- Törnkvist, Ann (March 5, 2014, 8:34). "Sweden stands out in domestic violence study". The Local. Retrieved on October 25, 2014.
- Lawrence Krauss on incest
- Marquis de Sade quotes