Letters, Feb. 24, 1947

The Devil


... I wish to give an Atheist's answer to the point of view presented by Msgr. Sheen in ... his broadcast [TIME, Feb. 3].

The claim made by the gentleman is that Liberalism is dying, allegedly because such Liberalism requires a moral basis which it is unable to create or maintain. This is absolutely false. The ideas of goodness in the broader sense are not the exclusive property of, or even result of, religion. The basic ideas of decent and cooperative behavior are but the inevitable product of intelligent people who wish to live together in harmony.

... In an unreligious society...

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