This morning I came across the following tweet from Counter Apologist:
Humanism is where Seth & most of the atheist community gets our morals, and what Sargon has done runs way against ithttps://t.co/EJS4MtLT9J
— Counter Apologist (@CounterApologis) September 18, 2017
I think this is mistaken. For the most part, it seems to me that atheists don’t “get” (i.e. derive) their morals from humanism. Rather, to the extent that a philosophy of humanism is operative at all (and for many atheists it isn’t), humanism serves, rather, as an interpretive framework to explain, justify, and (to some degree) critique the morals one already has.
This works for Christians as well. For the most part Christians do not “get” their morals from the Bible or Christianity. Rather, the biblical text and their wider Christian commitments provide an interpretive framework to explain, justify, and (to some degree) critique the morals they already have.