VIEWPOINTS: Is belief in God essential to morality?

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, many people around the world think it is necessary to believe in God to be a moral person (see chart below).

In 22 of the 40 countries surveyed, majorities said it is necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values. However, that view is more common in poorer countries than in wealthier ones.

In North America and Europe, more people say it is possible to be nonreligious and still be a moral, upright person. That’s the opinion of nearly eight in 10 people polled in Franc, Spain, Britain and the Czech Republic. But in the United States, 53% said belief in God is necessary to be moral.

What do you think about the interaction of belief in God with morality? Is it necessary to believe in a higher power to be a moral citizen, citizen, or can atheists and agnostics have good morals and values?

Is belief in God essential to morality?

7 Responses to “VIEWPOINTS: Is belief in God essential to morality?”

  1. David Scott

    David Scott

    I would challenge readers to look at the following website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_atheists This is Wikipedia’s “Lists of famous atheists that includes non-believers across the globe, history, and profession. You will recogn