19 August 2020  |

Dear Editor,

I wanted to tell Dr. David Geelan and the Adventist Today Sabbath Seminar how much I enjoyed the discussion on atheists and morality on August 8. The topic is close to my heart because I was an atheist for more than 20 years. I had several people tell me I could not be a moral person if I was an atheist, which led to numerous debates on the subject.

At that time my thought process was that atheists were more moral than Christians. In my experience, atheists tended to care greatly about social justice, treatment of animals, environmental issues, human rights, global warming, etc. I do wish more Christians concerned themselves with these issues. As someone has said, “You don’t need religion to have morals. If you can’t tell right from wrong, then you lack empathy, not religion.”

Victoria Pendleton
Phoenix, AZ

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