[This is comment #37, responding to comment #30 in the thread under the blog entry.]
I think atheism leads to killing people, in exactly the same sense in which people say "religion leads to killing people". Not always, not necessarily, but there is a clear causal link here.
My reasons are that
(a) atheism depends on, and hence leads to, Darwinism (atheists have no other explanation for the origins of biological diversity).
(b) Darwinism, as an account of the origins of man, casts doubt on our moral intuitions and thoughts (this was argued by Darwinist Michael Ruse).
(c) Anything that casts doubt on our moral intuitions and thoughts also casts doubt on the moral prohibition against killing people.
Richard Kilgore, Pharyngula 37 Comments
[4/29/2008 7:34:02 AM]
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