Fear and Ethics

One of the most disturbing arguments against atheism and agnosticism that I come across on a regular basis is the idea that without some form of religious belief – and when I say religious, I note that the religions in particular that seem most amenable to this idea are Christianity and Islam – it is impossible to live a moral or ethical life.

Politely, this is balderdash. Less politely, the rest of this piece will consist of an unforgiving examination of why.
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