Can Atheists Defend Human Rights?

God is dead ‒ it’s just taking a while to get rid of the body. ‒ Yuval Noah Harari

If God does not exist, everything is permitted. ‒ Fyodor Dostoevsky

This statement, often associated with the Russian novelist, Fyodor Dostoevsky, though never actually written by him, encapsulates some of the ways some theists view atheism and what they think is its necessary correlation with nihilism. It has been extensively quoted by theologians and apologists…