There are, of course, also cultural Christians, that is, people who have grown up in a society based on Christian norms and ideals. They follow Christian precepts, but don’t give God any credit for them. There are, in fact, a lot of atheists who are cultural Christians whether they admit it or not!
Nope. We follow humanist precepts. It’s not our fault that Christians also stumbled onto the same precepts and decided to lay claim to them.
The interesting thing about that, the idea that we should not kill each other (for example), is not only a humanistic mode of thinking, there other species who follow this line of “reasoning”. It’s not often you see another bonobo, for example, kill their own kind, but when you do, they are often chased out of the “tribe”, esp if it is an intentional killing. The idea of not killing one’s own species, though humans throughout history have done it and it’s even in the Bile, is a means to continue the species. Oddly enough, a mother cat (both wild and domestic, because it is a behaviour engrained) eat their young born dead, in an effort to keep predators from coming along and killing her live young. It is a means of survival of the species. We all have these ways of perpetuating the species.
However, some radically religious people, which includes Xians and Muslims, loose this “norm and ideal”, when it comes to others, probably in part because they believe their god will forgive them and an afterlife awaits them. They don’t seem to find anything wrong with going to war with their fellow man or hunting another animal to extinction, not realizing that it could possibly lead to our own doom. It’s even in their own religious texts to kill others and some even believe that other animals were put on this planet by their god to use as we see fit, even if it leads to the extinction of that animal (see Sarah Palin and her love for killing wolves or Teddy Roosevelt, a supposed president who loved nature, but yet ordered the killing of buffalo to exterminate the American Indian). These people contradict themselves with the use of the book that also contradicts itself.
Oddly enough, it’s in the Humanist Manifesto to care for the earth, other humans, and even the environment. So atheistic philosophies go beyond most religious thinking. This is something Overcomer has not even attempted to explore because he’s too into his own beliefs, not willing to explore others, thus the links, which my fellow atheists and humanists forgive me for pointing out to Overcomer, who really needs to learn about other philosophies, other than his own. Without anyone offering him these links to various resources, he will continue to keep his head in only one world view, not knowing what others think and believe. He doesn’t even realize that atheism is a lack of belief in god(s) and these various atheistic philosophies are what various atheists do believe. He doesn’t even realize that some cultural Christians, which I can name a few, are also humanistic. He doesn’t realize that while atheists don’t believe in a deity, they do have norms, ideals, and ethics, that have nothing to do with his religion, but apply very much to humans and personally, I’m getting a little tired of reading his ignorance and would like to see him learn something.