By Michael McHugh 28 May 2019 Belfast Telegraph.

Anthropologist Dr Jonathan Lanman

The idea that non-believers in God lack morality has been disputed by new research, experts said.

A common supposition – that of the purposeless disbeliever, lacking anything to ascribe ultimate meaning to the universe – does not bear scrutiny, a university study said.

Most endorse objective moral values and human dignity at similar rates to the general populations in their countries, the report presented at the Vatican said.

One of the authors, University of Kent sociologist Dr Lois Lee, said: “These findings show once and for all that the public image of the atheist is a simplification at best, and a gross caricature at worst.

“Instead of relying on assumptions about what it means to be an atheist, we can now work with a real understanding of the many different world views that the atheist population includes.

“The implications for public and social policy are substantial, and this study also stands to impact on more everyday interactions in religiously diverse societies.”

The research is supported by a £2.3 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation and is led by the University of Kent in collaboration with Queen’s University Belfast, St Mary’s University Twickenham, and Coventry University.

The global Understanding Unbelief programme to advance the scientific understanding of atheism and non-religion will present the results from its research at the Vatican in Rome.

The multidisciplinary research programme maps the nature and diversity of “unbelief” across six countries: Brazil, China, Denmark, Japan, the UK and US.


There are a lot of church going people who are hypocrites.

There are a lot of atheists and agnostics who have very fine principles and morals.

For some, their morals come from religion.

For others their principles and morals come their innate human goodness.

All good people desire to do as much good as they can and as little harm as they can.

When we were in school we were told that there that there were two kinds of sorrow for sin – PERFECT CONTRITION and IMPERFECT CONTRITION.

Perfect contrition was that you were sorry for your sins becausenthey hurt God.

Imperfect contrition was that you were sorry for you were sorry for your sins because you were afraid you would go to hell.

Religion is not the origin of morality.

Morality is the innate conscience of man that helps him to know whst is right and what is wrong.

My Jack Russell, Buzz, looks guilty when he does something wrong.