Atheist Morality

The purpose of this group is to discuss morality from all points of view: biological, evolutionary, philosophical. Specific moral questions are also encouraged: if you have a moral question for us atheists, feel free to post it here.

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Latest Activity: Jul 14, 2017

Where did morality come from?

We atheists are pretty tired of hearing that without religion, there would be no morality. It is offensive to us atheists, since this implies we cannot possibly be moral, or if we are in fact, moral, it is because we were raised in a culture in which morality was initially acquired, and still perpetuated, by religion.


While it is indeed possible that some people may need religion in order to be moral, this is a scary thought: their morality has not been reasoned or felt in their gut, it was ordered from above.


Human beings have had moral laws and codes for thousands and thousands of years before religion was ever invented, at least in an organized form.  Human beings around the globe, from many religious backgrounds, have pretty much the same basic set of rules, starting with the Golden Rule. Why? Because our moral sense comes from the evolution of our brains and the need to live as a social species, avoiding conflict and increasing cooperation.  Our moral sense is based on our emotions: it feels good to help others, and it feels bad to harm others.


The scientific study of human nature has naturally lead to the scientific study of human morality. A good start if you're new to this fascinating and important subject is The New Science of Morality, from


The Video Thread
The Reading List
The Moral Repository
Exercises in Moral Dilemmas


These are academic tests designed to probe our moral sense, moral cognition, and what drives our moral decisions and judgments. They are fun, they will tell you a lot about yourself, and you'll be helping researchers add to their current data. (Jonathan Haidt's group and collaborators)
The Moral Sense Test (Joshua Greene-Harvard University)


Discussion Forum

All Morality is Relative

Started by Andrew Brown. Last reply by Simon Paynton May 12, 2017. 50 Replies

Einstein proved everything is relative.Morality must also be relative, but relative to what?I argue our morality is obviously relative to Humans, thus all moral arguments we are able to judge must…Continue

Tags: peace, harm, path, nature, humans

Violating morals! what do you think?!

Started by Hope. Last reply by destitute Jan 16, 2017. 14 Replies

A sexual revolution in the Middle East... Cool but, Islamists dont like that!Anther updates from the religion of peace! what do you think?!This time it's about a teenager atheist girl who needs to…Continue

Tags: do, you, think?!, what, morals!


Started by Richard W. Symonds. Last reply by Rodrigo Paris Aug 14, 2016. 29 Replies

Noam Chomsky's atheist morality makes more sense to me than the atheist non-sense of 'Richard Dawkins & his Merrie Men'  …Continue

Atheism, evolution and morality

Started by Anthony Blair. Last reply by Unseen Jul 18, 2016. 23 Replies

According to evolution science, all life on earth started as a bunch of molecules that accidentally coalesced in a lifeless puddle of mud to form a complex little biological machine that we call a…Continue

Questions to Video Gamers

Started by T A A. Last reply by Belle Rose Jul 17, 2016. 97 Replies

Nearly all my life, video gaming has been an attractive pastime. My grandparents bought that ridiculous "ping" (probably wrong name) game for the old B/W television set in their living room and all…Continue

The Immorality of Prayers

Started by Jacob LeMaster. Last reply by C. Boyd Pfeiffer Mar 7, 2016. 11 Replies

Here is an example that was very personal to me..My grandmother was very ill due to a bad blood transfusion after giving birth to my uncle around 40 years ago..   Being in the bible belt the most…Continue

Tags: health, Prayer, Morality

no such thing as altruism?

Started by Wassabi. Last reply by Unseen Dec 22, 2015. 36 Replies

I recently read an article about altruism (not In English or I'd link), which stated there is actually no such thing.While humans do not have ability to relay tangible things to each other by means…Continue

No afterlife, no morals?

Started by John Garbutt. Last reply by Simon Paynton Dec 17, 2015. 5 Replies

Alright, so first of all I'm taking Theology & Religious Studies at university.  A lot of people find this pretty strange for an atheist, but I'm fascinated by mythology, by superstition and by…Continue

So What About Quasi Realism?

Started by Albert Bakker. Last reply by Albert Bakker Feb 24, 2011. 18 Replies

In making a first small foray into Quasi Realism, I would like first to go back here to the very basics.Lets for a moment forget about the correct chronological order and the whole network of nested…Continue

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Comment by D R Hosie on August 24, 2013 at 2:43pm

For anyone still in the dark about Bradley Manning.

Bradley Manning's still a Good ol' Girl.

Comment by Don on March 4, 2011 at 10:49am
What happened?  It wasn't so long ago that many of us moved from Atheist Nexus to this site.  True, I have not spent a lot of time here, but whatever the inadequacies have proven to be, I've missed them.
Comment by T A A on March 4, 2011 at 10:43am
She is no longer a member of T|A :(
Comment by Don on March 4, 2011 at 10:05am
Adriana, can you say a little more about the reasons for moving to another site?
Comment by JD Stockman on February 26, 2011 at 5:53am

I hate just flat out plugging myself, but I have been a Christian and I have to say: it really was the moral inequities that drove me to question and then leave god. I am a 'godless bastard' now and honestly, I feel a little less uncertain of my moral fiber without god.

Comment by Jaume on February 25, 2011 at 8:06am
Found in the WP: "Irony of ironies: People who don't believe in evolution are the most avid advocates for Social Darwinism." - Tom Toles
Comment by Jaume on February 22, 2011 at 8:11am
Bonobos are also more talkative and introspective. I never had an interesting philosophical conversation with chimps, but about Nietzsche. You'd better not tell them they're 'sub sapiens' - they actually think they're Überaffen and would take offense.
Comment by Chris on February 21, 2011 at 11:35pm
- just for conversation:

The Chimpanzee isn't the only sub sapien.
The Bonobo is a kinder unstudied genus.
Comment by T A A on February 21, 2011 at 6:34pm

sorry :)

LoL my intent was really to keep it focused on ethics revealed by gamer motivation as opposed to the impact of games on society, whole other debate!

Comment by T A A on February 21, 2011 at 10:08am
Saddly, I agree :(

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