RELIGION AND MORALITY. For far too long, religion has been considered to be a pre-condition of morality and many still believe you could not have one without the other. But what would this mean for atheists, if this were true? What exactly is preventing atheists from going on a murderous rampage? Can atheists be moral?

This short concise book aims to tackle the common misconceptions regarding morality, atheism and religion using reasoned argument and a refreshing slice of humour.


1. What inspired you to write this book?
I'm always having these philosophical debates with people and someone joked that I should write a book and the idea stayed with me.

2. What does the word "religion" mean to you?
Religion is a strong belief in the supernatural.

3. How has religion impacted your life?
I was raised Roman Catholic and was a very keen churchgoer until my late teens. It has certainly had a big impact on my life but I have a completely different philosophy now than I did as a child. Atheism suits me much better. I'm less judgemental nowadays and life makes more sense to me.

4. To people, religion is organized. Do you believe this is true for atheism?
Not at all. Atheism is not a religion and is unlike religion. Atheists have no figure-head like the Pope or Dalai Lama and we have no texts like the Bible or the Koran.

5. I've heard people say that atheism is a new "fad". Thoughts?
I don't know why people say such things. It makes me sad. Historically, atheism predates religion and it's not likely that it's just going to disappear. That's not my bias, its fact.

6. What's your favorite book-turned movie?
Oh, that's a good question! Hollywood has ruined some perfectly good novels in the last few years, however I do love me some Harry Potter. I also like Sherlock.

7. Can you tell us about any other books you're writing?
I'm working on another book regarding agnosticism/atheism but it's still a work in progress.

8. What do you do in your spare time?
I love the outdoors. I walk, surf, climb, swim and cycle as much as I can. When I feel lazy I like to watch rubbish tv shows with friends.

9. Who's your inspiration?
Lots of people inspire me but lately it been Christopher Hitchens and Malorie Blackman.

10. What are you reading now?

I just finished The Handmaid's Tale by Atwood

About the Author:

Hi, I'm Mary-Louise Adams. Sometimes I write stuff down and sometimes it makes people laugh. My life goals include getting a bigger place so I can adopt two Great Pyrenees or Bernese Mountain puppies (aww, puppies!) and getting over my fear of pigeons. Thank you.


This sounds really interesting. As an atheist myself I get questioned on morality all the time. It seems very hard for people to understand that you don't need god in your life to do the right things.

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