There’s a good entry up over at TRA titled The Worst Argument of All that takes a look at one of the more popular arguments theists like to throw at atheists as a reason why there must be a God.
“An atheist has no reason to oppose murder” is one of the religious bigot’s favorite canards. Dostoevsky’s dictum that “without God, anything is permitted” is popular among superstitious know-nothings who know nothing about atheism except that they hate it and its adherents. Without an all-powerful, celestial lawgiver to dispense reward and punishments, they argue, there’s no reason to be good. Why not just kill that old lady for her money, or for no reason at all, and simply hide the body?
The answer TRA provides is quite similar to one I’ve used on many occasions myself, but worded much more eloquently than I’ve ever managed. It’s definitely worth checking out and considering.
Speaking of The Raving Atheist, if you don’t read it regularly already then I highly recommend it. It’s simply one of the best written blogs about atheism I’ve ever seen and it’s a regular read of my own. I rarely comment there because there’s so little I disagree with or that I could add to the discussion most of the time and even to a long-time atheist such as myself who has given his non-belief a lot of thought over the years there’s still stuff that comes up on TRA that shows me a way of looking at myself I hadn’t considered previously. That alone keeps me coming back.