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Chapter Six: A Moral Code

Section 11: Do good . . .

As atheists we should do good for goodness' sake, not because a fictional God tells us to.

Apologies that this section has not been written yet. It will cover altruism - the good that atheists do for other people.

For example, the Dutch aid organisation HIVOS (Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation) supports a wide range of sustainable projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America with an annual budget of €1,000,000 (£880,000 / $1,450,000).

Individual atheists are also highly active. They form the largest group of givers on Kiva, a website enabling the better off to assist struggling individuals, families and communities. By October 2009 over 5,500 atheist members had loaned over one million US dollars to over 5,500 projects across the world - more than any other group, including Christians and other believers.




Move on to

Chapter Six: Summary

or Chapter Seven: Beyond Religion




Are atheists immoral?


Religion makes a strong claim to morality - only God and faith, apparently, keep us moral.


It's a nice idea, but it's false. Religious morality is frequently harmful; only humanist values guarantee a truly ethical approach to life.


6.1: Defining morality
What's good for us?


6.2: God's morals
... leave much to be desired



6.3: Morals and ethics
From the abstract to the actual



6.4: Sex: what is it good for?
Whatever you want it to be



6.5: God and sex
Confusion and control



6.6: Sex: a broad spectrum
Tastes vary



6.7: Sex: Tell the children
Educate and protect



6.8: Abortion
An ethical approach



6.9: Humane justice
The death penalty is immoral



6.10: Suicide and euthanasia
Dying with dignity



6.11: Recreational drugs
A moral issue?



6.12: Do good...
... for goodness' sake



6.13: Summary
Chapter 7





How do you live when you realize that religion is false?


Do you descend into despair? Lead a life of crime and depravity?


The opposite, actually. Atheists appear more likely to live moral, happy lives than those who are stuck in superstition.


Beyond Religion