Matt J. Rossano: Can You Be Good Without God? Augustine: No

Matt J. Rossano asks, Can You Be Good Without God?. The interesting issue — the one upon which productive discussions can be built rather than useless shouting matches — is not whether you can be good without God, but what role religious beliefs and practices play in morality. From the get go, however, we have to be clear on what we mean by “morality.” For most of human history, morality simply meant “adherence to group norms.” The idea of some universal moral code that applies equally to people of all tribes, races, ethnic groups, etc. is a very recent