If you think some particular war is right, or some sexual practice wrong, fine; then provide your reasons for why you think so. But don’t try to intimidate yourself and others with unsupportable, peculiarly medieval claims about how the “Lord of the Universe” approves or disapproves and will punish people accordingly. What, after all, does His disapproval have to do with morality in the first place? It’s by no means obvious that even creators of a world get to say what’s supposed to go on in it.

Georges Rey, “Meta-atheism: Religious Avowal as Self-Deception“, in Martin, R. and Kolak, D., The Experience of Philosophy, 6th ed., Oxford UP, 2005

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