Bad Argument — It takes religion to make good people do bad things

There is an oft-quoted argument from Steven Wienberg that, “With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil — that takes religion.”  Now, I’m a secular Humanist, and do not believe in the existence of any god; but this argument is a bad argument.  It is simply not true.

We could quickly amend his statement to make it true: simply change “religion” to “extreme ideology”, and you will have a true statement.  Consider.  Good people have done bad things in the name of politics, in … Continue reading