Monday, October 13, 2008

Atheist Quote of the Week 4

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
~Albert Einstein

I have always thought it was bizarre and illogical that very religious people should claim that they have the moral superiority over me because they have religion to provide their moral guidelines. When pressed, they will almost without fail insist that without God to tell them what to do, they would lie, cheat, steal, and harm others. So, then, who is the better person deep inside: the very religious, who require the constant threat of punishment to prevent them from doing wrong (or who require the dangling of eternal reward in order for them to do good); or me, who is moral out of a sense of inner ethics, who wants nothing more than a stable, peaceful society, and who expects no reward and fears no punishment?

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