Code of Ethics?

My son’s just told me that they are Atheists, and I was wondering  if  Atheists have a code of ethics that they follow.      This is mostly because my sons were a little bit rude to me and I wanted to tell them  that they weren’t honoring their mother, but I couldn’t  because that would be dishonoring their choice.    I think.   At any rate, does anyone know the answer  to this?

6 thoughts on “Code of Ethics?

  1. Atheism is simply the lack of belief in god. It implies no specific ethical code. So no ethical code can be generalized across atheists as a whole. But that doesn’t mean atheists don’t choose on a person-by-person basis.

  2. Thank you for your response, and for the undestanding that Atheism is the lack of believe of god. Still, I wonder why no ethical code be generaated across athesism as a whole? Is there nothing you all endorse as people?. I hate to be a worried mamma, but it would be nice to say to my boys, “Atheists don’t do that.”

  3. Could you say to them “Christians don’t do that” before? (I’m guessing Christian, correct me if I’m wrong.)

    If you look at a history of the Christian religion, you will find that being Christian doesn’t mean you’re a good (or bad) person necessarily. If you look at witch burning, you’ll see that it was done by Christians. And, as you could predict, many people in Jail are Christian.

    As an atheist, I still can’t speak for everyone. But I endorse empathy: Understanding other people’s perspectives. Help them if it is reasonable. Yet, don’t go jumping off a bridge for someone’s watch, either.

    Perhaps the best chastising remark then, is: “Is that, reasonably, in everyone’s best interest?”

    It’s also worth mentioning that my transition to atheism was not a negative one. I did not suddenly decide to murder everyone I knew or rape and pillage nearby cities. Empathy was already the driving factor of why I didn’t do those things. But again, I don’t speak for anyone else, certainly including your sons.

  4. Wendy, Have you thought about talking in the forums? It’d certainly be a lot easier than doing this in a blog.

  5. Thank you. I will not make make the link between Christians and forums, no matter how ridiculously easy that would be. I would also like to point out that I am a pantheist with really, really, really strong ties to Christians. But I have to hang out with real people sometimes, and Christians can be so sweet. And you’d be amazed at the problems you run into trying to bring pantheists together.

    At any rate, my sons were rude and disrespectful to me. They have identified themselves to me as Atheists. They wear expensive sunglasses, Italian leather shoes, and, as far as I can tell, they have no code of conduct that can be identified as as anything but self-serving.

    Kamikaze, I thank you for your history lesson, but it is history. Not one tear is going to change it and I have already cried that tear. There were a lot of mistakes in our history. But this is the present.

    I am concerned about my kids. If you listen to Eminem, which I do, you will come to the conclusion that our kids have lost all faith in their elders, and much faith in their world. I don’t like this and I can’t change it. They will think what they like, and listen to their own music, but I hear some of it now and then and it is pretty grim. I personally prefer “Hips don’t lie” by Shakira, but the kids aren’t doing much in the way of dancing. They have their I-pods in their ears and they are staring at the ground. I like kids. I know that mine make a difference in my world. I want them to get the feeling that they make a difference in theirs.

    My sons are Atheists. I love them. But they said to me, “We’re Atheists. We have our own faith. Don’t tell gramma.”

    I didn’t think there was a lot of pride in that statement. And back when my brain worked, I had glanced over your forums, and I didn’t think you guys would let anybody get away with that kind of nonesense. It would be rather like an Atheist writing a book about ***. But when all is said and done, they are young men. They need guidance. Do you you have any for them? I would really like to be able to tell them that I went to a web site for Atheists and found a Code of Conduct that Atheists ascribe to.

    xxoo
    wendy1

  6. “…my sons were rude and disrespectful to me. They have identified themselves to me as Atheists. They wear expensive sunglasses, Italian leather shoes, and, as far as I can tell, they have no code of conduct that can be identified as as anything but self-serving.”

    I’m going to go out on a limb here… but would your sons also happen to be teenagers? Are they in a kind of “rebel” phase? Do you think they may just be calling themselves atheists because that’s another way to rebel? (Even as an atheist, I am willing to admit I’ve known people who called themselves atheist for these reasons. It’s somewhat funny, but I guess you could say they weren’t “true atheists.” )

    “Kamikaze, I thank you for your history lesson, but it is history. Not one tear is going to change it and I have already cried that tear. There were a lot of mistakes in our history. But this is the present.”

    My point with the history lesson was not to evoke any emotion. I only mentioned it because you gave me the impression that you thought Christians have a higher moral standing than atheists. My example shows it just isn’t the case.

    “I am concerned about my kids. If you listen to Eminem, which I do, you will come to the conclusion that our kids have lost all faith in their elders, and much faith in their world.”

    If your kids are atheists, and you’ve tried to bring them up Christian, well, I can understand. Imagine if nearly everyone you knew believed that Santa was real, but you knew they were wrong to do so. For awhile, it would be hard to trust the people who told you all those years that Santa exists.

    “They need guidance. Do you you have any for them? I would really like to be able to tell them that I went to a web site for Atheists and found a Code of Conduct that Atheists ascribe to.”

    No, there is no code of conduct for a non-belief in god – just as there is no code of conduct for non-belief in astrology or palm reading. Atheism isn’t a religion.

    If you think they are acting in negative ways, I do think it is a very two-dimensional outlook to pin the problem on atheism. It could be any number of things, but usually kids will try to rebel at some point. So just keep that in mind.

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