The natural man usually comes up with laws remarkably similar to the 10 Commandments. We are challenged to keep them, as it's not easy. But they are the negative side of love. If you love your fellow man, you will not kill him, lie to him, steal from him. The moral point is to love our neighbor as ourselves; do this and the Law is fulfilled.
To deny absolute morality is to reduce it to a arbitrary convention of man. Arbitrary is basically saying what is moral to you may be immoral to the next person. Example: you slap someone in America , they say that's wrong. You get slapped in a certain tribe in Africa and its respectful! The best example of arbitrary is certain cannible tribes will kill and eat you , they say "" out of respect for you ancestors"" Do that in America and your a sociopath locked up for life or executed. In a Atheistic world view morality has to be arbitrary.. There can be no absolute , but like Shiny says above, they will borrow from the Christian world view to measure morality by.
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Nothing could be more absurd than the claim that the Ten Commandments are the foundation of all moral law. Long before these Commandments were given there were codes of laws in India and Egypt - laws against murder, perjury, stealing, larceny, adultery and fraud. Such laws are as old as human society; as old as the love of life; as old as industry; as the idea of prosperity; as old as human love.
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Through thousands of generations, we humans have learned how best to behave to benefit the whole of society most. Then some schmuck came along and wrote it down in a book saying God GAVE us those same rules we worked so hard to discover. Now they expect the rest of us to abide by these "God-given" rules as if we wouldn't have them without this God-concept. Ok, that's number one.
Number two, God's "rules" are usually referred to as the 10 Commandments. Have you looked at these things? Fully FOUR of them are just about treating God the way He should be treated, there are four secular commandments that we all know without religion and the last two are kind of silly. (Keep in mind that these are the FIRST SET. The second set is almost completely ridiculous...and shouldn't the most RECENT set be the one that counts?)