don't have to believe in God to make the world a better place."
course, the term "better" suggests a value against which something is being
judged. Here's where all Christians, at least in principle, have their published
universal standard they can all measure against.
by contrast, typically reject absolutes and tend to each be more reliant
on their own relative judgment. I suppose the ambiguous "general preservation
of society" would be the measure of "better" in that case. Just hope the
societal measure chosen isn't that of the former Soviet Union, or Stalinist
Russia, or Cambodia, or Rwanda, or Uganda, or Sudan, or Syria, or North
Korea, or Tajikistan, or Turkmenistan, or Bhutan, or Saudi Arabia, or Somalia,
or Mauritania, or Libya, or Maldives, etc.
of those states are theistic, others atheistic, but all have terrible records
of abuse and repression.
Terrible, that is, if there truly exists a universal standard to be measured
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