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Summary of a 2014 Pew Research national telephone survey of adult Americans, among which 1,082 stated they were atheists, and when questioned about their claimed sources of guidance on "right" and "wrong", found that 44% were guided by "common sense", 32% by science, 21% by philosophy or reason, 2% didn't know, and 1% used religion as guidance:[1]

In terms, morality (TR:681) (LH:11) (TL:692) refers to []


An example of an atheist who used "religion" for guidance, can be seen, in part in Thomas Jefferson and the making of his Jefferson's Bible, as well as Alfred Rogers describing his atheism, and how he uses the basic tenets of Christian morality as guidance.[2]


The following are related quotes:

“We shall use the terms morality, behavior, conduct, or constructive action in the same broad way. It may sound strange to speak of the morals of an atom, or of the way in which a molecule conducts itself. But in the last analysis, science can draw no fundamental distinction between the conduct of an animal, a bullet, or a freshman, although there may be more unknown factors involved in one case than in the other.”
William Patten (1920), The Grand Strategy of Evolution (pg. 58) [3]

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  1. Anon. (2014). “Religious Landscape Study: Atheists” (pdf) (N = 1,082),, May 30.
  2. Rogers, Alfred. (2016). “Abioism: Life does NOT exist” (co-speakers: Libb Thims and Inderjit Singh) (YT), Human Chemistry 101, Jun 23.
  3. Patten, William. (1920). The Grand Strategy of Evolution: the Social Philosophy of a Biologist (morality of molecule, pg. 58; molecular society and Mr. Molecule, pg. 419; Appendix: “The Message of the Biologist”, pgs. 415-25). Badger.

Further reading

  • Fischer, Jacques. (1927). Love and Morality: An Attempt at a Physiological Interpretation of Human Thought (energy, 55+ pgs). Knopf.

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