Why cant I have it both ways? He did it because he wanted to keep power, but you have to be a sociopath to kill millions of people. And yes, a person's religious view does affect their views on life...look no further than the religious nuts that kill people for God. You have gone to great lengths to distance yourself and "true" Christians from the whackjobs and lunatics, yet you still want to say atheism causes mass murderers despite the fact that we believe nothing at all. Its an absurd position. Yeah, some sociopaths are atheist. It doesnt mean much though. Stalin didnt remove the church to make the people accepting of murder. He did it so that he could have total power and not share it with a deity. Nobody was accepting of Stalin's mass murder. People just dealt with it day to day because they had to if they didnt want to die themselves.You’re going to have to make up your mind here; do atheists kill people because they are lunatics or because they want power? You seem to want it both ways, I don’t think anyone is going to argue Stalin was a lunatic; he seemed to be a very calculated individual. He knew exactly what he was doing; we can see this in all of his actions, from removing Russian Orthodoxy as the official religion of the Soveit Union and replacing it with atheism, to replacing all orthodox churches with museums and shrines to “human reason”. The guy knew that if he discredited the state religion, then his actions would be viewed as more acceptable by the public because a certain level of moral complacency would develop.
A person’s view on theism is their most fundamental belief. It affects every other belief in their belief system. If a person doesn’t believe god exists, it completely changes the way they view themselves, others, morality, life, death, justice, suffering, purpose, and the list goes on and on. So to say Stalin’s atheism didn’t directly affect his action is imply absurd.
Because sane human beings have a conscience and naturally know not to do certain things. Other things we dont do because we are brought up in a society and conform to it in order to be accepted.Out of curiosity, why do you think we don’t need a god in order to behave? I guess a better way of putting it would be, how do we determine what is wrong and right if there is no god?