Dunno about God, but the Bible definitely does. "You shall not murder" seems like a perfect example for a guideline simply thrown at us, or in other words "how we should act".
And God does not fill in the gap of knowledge for the ways we should act, etc.
Religion tells you what you should be acting like. It doesn't matter whether you have the choice or not, you're told what you should be doing.
As I said, the reason why a belief in God does not excuse one from morality is that have consciousness and the ability to make moral deductions therefore with their own ability they should be able to reach the same conclusions of morals as one who takes them from Dogma. To be blunt, a disbelief in God is not damning, it is only considered being blind and one is not damned for being blind.
Ofcourse not, I never claimed otherwise. Many atheists just base their opinions on a general dislike of religion, or irrational feelings, as do theists.
I greatly dislike the idea atheism 100% of the time is derived from reason.
I'm not too sure, back then atheism was almost exclusively a philosophers' thing.
I'm sure if you took the same statistic in the 1500's it would be extremely different and in favor of the religious.
Perhaps, perhaps not. Either way I was only pointing at stats, nothing more.
The high rate of dismissal of religion is an occurrence of modernity not intelligence.
Obviously. There are extremely stupid people in both groups.
Obivously if one associates the fundamentalists with the moderate theists intelligence with drop as many fundamentalists do not care about the rationale of things. I'm sure there are many atheists who are not self-proclaimed atheists but are incredibly illogical.
Let me just make something clear here. I definitely wasn't saying being atheist makes you smart, and neither was I saying being religous makes you dumb. There are smart and dumb people in both groups.
What I was saying, is that statistics show the average "member" of each group tends to be more/less educated.