Originally Posted by andrewlittle
Beautiful answer that, once again, trashes the time worn notion that belief is God is the prime cause for a personal sense of ethics. Rick, you put so many people to shame, I admire you greatly. Your answer is more christian (I mean no insult by that) than many Christian answers would be.
The reason I became an atheist when I was so young was that I saw belief in God as the prime cause for a LACK of a personal sense of ethics. I tried to be as opposite christians as I could be.
It is very upsetting to learn years later that a few bad apples so tarnished the name that I couldn't distinguish between a complete lack of values and christianity itself. I've finally felt able to move past having seen a christian pastor on TV for 5 minutes in my childhood and to finally stop viewing ALL christians as automatic monsters.
Rick's comment makes the most sense of course. One cannot be happy if one is stomping all over others.