Not according to the author of this essay: 'The Lie of Moral Atheism'. See, you've rejected God, the source of all goodness and morality. How could anything you do be ethical? What you're doing must be something else besides ethics.
When secular humanists, agnostics, nontheists, and atheists reject God and yet claim to be moral and ethical, they are first lying to themselves. If they reject the origin of truth, morality and ethics, their version of truth and morality can only be a subjective counterfeit. Trouble is, this brand of moral relativism is being taught wholesale throughout the country. And the atheists are organizing to get more of it. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” All the more reason the Bible should be used as a textbook in every school.Buh. Duh. Guh. Must... fight... non sequitur
I'm fine now. They tried to hit me with a Confusion Attack. Good thing I had 20 health and rolled a six, or that could have been serious.
Dear God, please let them not see through the faulty reasoning, at least not until the checks are cashed.
I've noticed a strategy that religious belief systems use to survive. They piggyback onto life milestones, and act like they own them. These are:
- birth, which religions co-opt with ceremonies like baptism or blessing
- adulthood (or young adulthood), commemorated in bar mitzvahs and first communions. In LDS culture, this finds expression in priesthood (for boys) and missions (a later adulthood ritual)
- marriage, which serves as a symbol for the beginning of long-term relationships
- death, with its funerals and last rites
The ceremonies are usually nice, and people like them. But because religions have set up shop around these basic parts of human life, it becomes difficult for believers to imagine the event occurring (or being done properly) in the absence of the ceremony. Yet parts of the life cycle, like birth, death, mating and the like have been around for as long as there have been organisms. It's unnecessary for religions to come and claim them with ceremonies. It's like if I tried to set up a booth at the public library and charge admission.
Seen this way, religious belief systems act as parasites on life's great moments. Allowing religion to claim them gives it strength that it hasn't earned. And the parasite will always want more. Let 'em have marriage, and they'll be claiming honesty and decency, and probably punctuality besides. Let 'em have those, and they'll be coming for gravity.