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Today's Big Idea: How Moral Are You?

The Big Idea for Sunday, April 08, 2012

Richard Dawkins, the most famous "atheist" on the planet, has argued "the existence of God is a scientific hypothesis like any other."

To categorize one's own beliefs about the possibility of the existence of a deity, Dawkins proposed a "spectrum of probabilities" in his book The God Delusion. This spectrum consists of two extremes -- strong theist on one end, and strong atheist on the other. There are a number of milestones in between, which are all charted on a 7-point scale (e.g., "weak atheist"). 

Where do you fall on Dawkins's spectrum? Take the test here

And yet, your self-analysis should not end there. You believe in God. Great. How do conduct your moral life? You don't believe in God. Great. Do you still believe in the golden rule?

After all, bad things and good things have been done in the name of both theism and atheism. In celebration of Easter, Big Think is presenting perspectives from believers and non-believers alike, with the aim of assessing where we all fall on the question of "How Moral Are You?"

Happy Easter. 


  1. 1 Neil deGrasse Tyson: Atheist or Agnostic?
    Mark Cheney Think Tank
  2. 2 Buddhism as a “Science of the Mind”
    Jason Gots Think Tank
  3. 3 Are You a Believer? Take The Dawkins Test.
    Mark Cheney Think Tank
  4. 4 An Athei-Easter Message From Alain de Botton
    Jason Gots Think Tank

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