Ethical Atheism

Can atheists be ethical? Christian Apologist, Ken Ham thinks that for atheists, there really is no basis for their ethics, therefore they believe they can do whatever they want if they can get away with it. What is “right” or “wrong” to such people is all relative. Christian Apologist, Matt Slick thinks that for atheists, answer is “Definitely Yes” atheists can be ethical. According to Matt, atheists are people who, are subject to the same laws of our country (and other countries), and they have a sense of right and wrong.  They often work with people who are religious and have ethical standards, as well as non-believers who are don’t; so they are exposed to all sorts of moral behavior.  In addition, they often form their own moral standards based on what suits them.  Besides, things (like robbery, lying, stealing, etc.,) can get you imprisoned; so it is practical and logical for an atheist to be ethical and work within the norms of social behavior.  However you want to look at it, atheists, generally, are honest, hardworking people. Nevertheless, some Christians raise the question, “What is to prevent an atheist from murdering and stealing?  After all, they have no fear of God and no absolute moral code.”  The answer is simple: Atheists are capable of governing their own moral behavior and getting along in society the same as anyone else. ref MORALITY: values, morals, and ethics   To me “morals, values, and ethics” as we standardly think of them are not the same and often are contradictory. Thus, unless they are justified they are not a compilation of truth, other than one’s chosen thinking...