Of Morality

  “The precepts of morality ought to be reasonable, and we ought to reject all moral laws that do not tend to diminish misery on the whole.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Virtue and Vice

  “Any virtue may become an occasion of pride, for the peculiarity of the vice of pride is that it finds its opportunity precisely in the presence of a virtue.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Reason and Dignity

  “Our dignity as men demands that we conduct our power of thinking in the best possible way.  Misology, the hatred of reason, is a great evil." —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Love

  “Love is primarily conversation.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Divine Love

  “The doctrine that ‘God is love’ conflicts violently with other things that are said about him.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Loving Humanity

  “If we are to love men we must expect little of them.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Conscience

  “Conscience should be criticized by reason and love.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Morality

  “Obey those moral rules, and only those, whose reign in society would, reasonable examination concludes, lessen misery.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Morality

  “The highest morality is that the diminution of misery is the supreme law.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Religious Belief

  “Religious belief is a form of gambling, as Blaise Pascal saw.  It does more harm to reason than ordinary gambling does, however, because it is more in earnest.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Power and Right

  “Power does not confer any right.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Faith

  “Faith is not a virtue but a positive vice.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Questions and Evidence

  “A god who wished us to decide certain questions without regard to the evidence would definitely not be a perfectly good god.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Love

  “The pursuit of love is better than the pursuit of power.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Hope

  “Hope is more respectable than faith.  While we ought not to believe against the probabilities, we are permitted to hope against them.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Miracles and Gods

  “All religions have their miracles, so that if miracles were good evidence for one god they would be good evidence for all the gods.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Belief

  “It is very common for a gross falsehood to be firmly and sincerely believed by a great number of superior persons.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Conscience

  “Conscience is caused by association with other human beings.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Death

  “Death is the only permanent cure for dissatisfaction and misery.  While we live we are liable to them.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Divine Commands

  “If there were a god he would have no right to give orders.” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of Divine Commands

  “It would be wrong for a god to say to his creature: ‘I created you in order to do so and so; therefore you ought to do so and so.’” —Richard Robinson, An Atheist’s Values, 1964  

Of God and Ethics

Theists believe that God is the only source of ethics, of moral truths; that God is the creator of ethics.  This is a dependency thesis, asserting that ethics depends upon God, that true ethical claims equal the will of God.  Theists believe there can...

Of Occupation and Resistance

  “The United Nations Charter permits armed resistance to an occupying power.” —Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of Revolutions

  “Successful revolutions are those which end up by erasing all traces of themselves.” —Terry Eagleton, Why Marx Was Right, 2011  

Of the Bolshevik Revolution

  “It is true that a bloody civil war followed hard on the heels of the Bolshevik revolution.  But this was because the new social order came under savage attack from right-wing forces as well as foreign invaders.  British and French forces backed...