It is all rather common – almost to the point of being monotonous – for atheists to throw out the old chestnut, “Can we be good without God?” They argue, “Of course we can. We are just as moral as any religious person. We don’t need God to live an ethical life.”

I have dealt with this issue often in the past. See for example:
http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2008/11/13/god-and-goodness/
http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2010/03/30/on-progress-and-human-goodness/

But I want to take this a bit further. Another common objection thrown out by the atheists and secularists concerns how ethics can be any different for believers and non-believers. As one secularist challenged me just hours ago: “Name me an ethical statement or an action performed by a believer that could not have been made or performed by a non believer.”

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