MA’s recent post sparked a little discussion that reminded me of a post I wrote a few months ago, and, just to save myself (and you all) from writing it again, I thought I would pull it back up.

Authoritarian Alcoholics Anonymous

I have long been baffled by people who cannot separate God from morality. I’m talking about those people for whom the two are so inextricable from each other that they don’t see how someone without God could possibly have any sense of morality at all. These are the ones who ask – with every intention of being rhetorical — “If you don’t believe in God, what’s to stop you from murdering someone?” So many pathologies and logical leaps can be teased out of that question that one could write a book – and many have. (Here’s the whole post.)