Do you think that an atheist society would be any more or less unruly than a faith based society? I have seen comments that suggest that atheism leads to anarchy.
I've seen similar comments that suggest mothers milk leads to heroin.
As long as there is enough food and shelter (and in the western world, stuff, gadgets, and trinkets) then anarchy doesn't really have a hope.
You need order and laws to have an internet, satellites that work, roads that get fixed.
Every society rallies around something. I have no reason to believe a truly atheist society wouldn't too.
Next question. Is a truly atheist society possible?
Just kidding. I don't see why a society without religion would be any more unruly than the one we're dealing with right now.
There have been any number of atheist-created and secular societies and they seem fine. Starting, for example, with the ancient Greek city-states which elevated reason as their highest principle not their rather disorganized polytheistic religions.
In fact there is a positive correlation between homicide and proportion of the population that is Christian. So maybe the reverse
Look at the track records for crimes from robbery to domestic disputes and the percentages would probably answer that.
Personally I don't think moral values have anything to do with religion or lack of religion. I am highly moral, but staunchly athiest, and I have met some truely vicious and mean spiritted Christians since being in America. There are however moral and amoral people on both sides of the line.
I honestly think more battles have been fought over religion or in the name of religion than for the absence of religion.
You could look at Estonia, which is 76% non-religious. It seems to be a fairly law-abiding country.
Technically speaking, religion should play no part in our government as it is. Moral codes don't come from religion, if they did we would already be in deep doo-doo even moreso than we already are. I don't think an atheist society would be any more prone to anarchy or other political problems than any other government.
It's the nature of human beings that gets in the way of governments being run well, not the religion of those that formed it. Greed and lust for power are universal it seems, although religion does pose a greater opportunity to exploit others to achieve personal gain...
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