“So really, as an atheist, don’t you have to admit that it’s past generations of wise men telling us, through holy books, what’s the “right” thing to do?”
Thank you for your reply (and your notification of said reply!).
Yes, I do admit that. However, as an atheist, I don’t believe in the supernatural elements of the holy books of yesteryear and today. I think of the Bible, for example, as an historical science fiction book. Like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, the Bible has a message – a message that exists in every single story since the dawn of man: “Do unto others.”
It doesn’t matter if someone gets their messages from a burning bush or from glowing blue ghosts. It’s the message that counts – not the method of delivering said message. Too often, however, there are fans of said stories who become rabid, and go beyond simple love of the story and message, and begin to kill people over it by flying planes into buildings or going into museums to kill people for no other reason than they disagree over whether Han Solo shot Greedo first.
And that is truly sickening.