I see your point, but I think questions like the one you mention are based on certain widespread, if implicit, assumptions. E.g., “One must base one’s morality on God, so as an atheist, how do you justify your morality?”
When you say, “As an atheist, I don’t” you may be playing into the further assumption they have about atheists, viz., that they have no moral compass.
It may help just to reply by denying the former assumption. When they ask, “As an atheist, how do you justify your morality?” begin by responding, “One cannot base one’s morality on God, so I justify my morality the way anyone else does, by moral reasoning and intuition.”
Many will persist in the delusion that they get their morality from the Bible. A few choice Biblical examples can demonstrate the fallaciousness of that claim.
Yes, that’s essentially what I’m griping about. It’s a definition error, and people need to be clear about what they’re talking about.
From where or what does an atheist base their morality on?............Is DougSmith correct?......what if your reasoning is skewed?...........
This is part of my exact point. Any given atheist can base their morality on a number of things; being atheist in of itself doesn’t mean anything morally one way or the other - except for the rejection of theism, which depending on how one looks at, might be a moral choice.
It’s essentially the same as asking:
“As an atheist, do you cheer for the Cubs or the White Sox?”
I may cheer for one or the other or both, but any atheism I might have has nothing to do with it.