SUNDAY REVELATIONS: The popularity of no gods.

excerpts from a  review of “The Cambridge Companion to Atheism” at Amazon  by William Podmore (London United Kingdom) –

Philosopher David Brink …. if God commands an action because it is good, then God and his commands are unnecessary. If an action is good because God commands it, then ethics is unnecessary and obedience to God is the only virtue.

Religion reduces ethics to subjective opinions, with no independent values or standards. …bliss is the reward for goodness, then selfish considerations cannot but intrude, inevitably corrupting goodness. Belief in God becomes an insurance policy.

Philosopher Andrea Weisberger …Those who argue that God uses evil for some greater good are saying that God
immorally uses people and their suffering as means to ends.

Sociologist Phil Zuckerman
…there are about 500-750 million atheists, agnostics and unbelievers, which is 58 times the number of Mormons, 41 times the number of Jews, 35 times the number of Sikhs, and twice the number of Buddhists. Atheists, agnostics and unbelievers are the fourth largest group, after Christians (two billion), Muslims (1.2 billion) and Hindus (900 million).

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