Atheists have written their own version of the ten commandments. The commandments were chosen from submissions to the Atheist Mind Humanist Heart’s Re-Think Prize.

The project allowed submissions directly to the Atheist Mind Humanist Heart’s website. The submissions were reviewed by 13 different judges and the ten submissions chosen became the 10 commandments for atheists. The ten writers of the commandments split the $10,000 prize.

Here are the chosen commandments.

  1. Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence.
  2. Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what you wish to be true.
  3. The scientific method is the most reliable way of understanding the natural world.
  4. Every person has the right to control over their body.
  5. God is not necessary to be a good person or to live a full and meaningful life.
  6. Be mindful of the consequences of all your actions and recognize that you must take responsibility for them.
  7. Treat others as you would want them to treat you and can reasonably expect them to want to be treated. Think about their perspective.
  8. We have the responsibility to consider others, including future generations.
  9. There is no one right way to live.
  10. Leave the world a better place than you found it.

However, these 10 commandments have faced harsh criticism by many religious people and groups. These screenshots have been taken from many websites including ones such as The Blaze. I am an atheist, and while I am not here to judge the commentators I am going to point out some of which truly get under my skin because they failed to understand any of the above commandments. Here are what some commentators are saying.

Some of these are plain rude, but the last one is wrong and just bigotry. Therefore, I think that it is right that I point out the flaws in it.

  1. You can be punished for it, you can be sent to jail, you can ruin your own life which you only get one chance at. Everything you do have an impact and if you make poor decisions they will  hurt your quality of life of not only you but those around you. You don’t need to be threatened with “hell” or anything poor to realize that something is wrong.

  2. There is good and evil it is all perspective, for instance, some would argue that stepping on an ant is evil while others would think not. The point is that you should treat everyone with respect and respect their ideas and they will return the favor.

  3. This one I have no idea where he was going with it, you want your children or your friends children to live a good life. You don’t want to ruin the lives of others especially those that come after us. Some would argue that the generation before us has already ruined it.

  4. We are each born to make our own decisions you make a reason to live the purpose is your own choice you have to decide. People have done this throughout all of history the American Revolution people gladly sacrificed their lives for America to be created and for their children and beyond to have a good life. Your life has meaning you have to find it though if you want to be a devout Christian that is your meaning in life you can be happy and free just as much as the guy next to you who serves to protect their country.

  5. Again you can leave the world a better place, for instance if someone worked to cure a disease such as cancer they have made the world a better place. You don’t need a god to tell you if it is better your standard is your standard of living.

I guess it goes to show that even when atheists try to set up rules and guidelines to be a good person they will still face criticism for it.

While I don’t have the problem with religion it’s when people attack atheists blindly and say that these rules are “logically incoherent” but all that he/she proves is that they can’t think for themselves.

I am fine with any form of debate in the comments but if it gets out of hand I will disable them.


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