Morality

Our position on morality, at its most simple, is that morality is a biological phenomenon and not imposed on us by a ‘supernatural’ authority.

For thousands of years religions have claimed that gods are the source of morality.

We reject this view and argue that human morality has developed over time. Clearly moral values have changed through the ages, many acts and opinions that were once acceptable to society are now generally considered wrong; for example slavery and racism. These changes have come about through rational thought and discussion. Morality without reference to gods or religion allows this process to continue without being corrupted by beliefs based on faith.

We do not propose or endorse any specific moral values or set of rules that atheists and others should live by. We do, however, encourage rational thought, debate and discussion, which will allow human beings to continue to develop and refine their ideas about individual and collective morality.

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